The 2015 Friends Life Women's Tour will start off where the inaugural edition finished last May, as Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk welcome the opening stage of the race on Wednesday 17 June.

Marianne Vos, Lizzie Armitstead and Laura Trott

The opening stage will take 100 of the world's top female cyclists across the county, in a stage entirely within Suffolk, finishing in the coastal town of Aldeburgh.

The stage will start from Angel Hill in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, where Marianne Vos won the final stage and the overall Friends Life Yellow Jersey in May 2014, with further details of the Stage One route to be announced in the coming weeks.

[related_articles]Also taking place in Bury St Edmunds will be a free-to-attend team presentation event, the evening before the opening stage, on Tuesday 16 June, giving fans the chance to see the world's top teams and riders who will be taking part in the Friends Life Women's Tour.

The second edition of the Friends Life Women's Tour takes place from Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 June, again taking place over five stages with daily highlights from ITV4.

Commenting on the announcement of the first 2015 stage, Friends Life Women's Tour Race Director Mick Bennett said;

"After the great success of last year's race it is fitting that we will be starting off the second edition of the Friends Life Women's Tour from where the 2014 Tour finished. Last year's race surpassed all of our expectations and thanks to the support of Suffolk County Council, Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk Coastal, we know this year's will start off on a similarly high-level."

Further details on the remaining venues and stages for the 2015 Friends Life Women's Tour will be announced over the coming weeks. The full list of 16 teams for the Friends Life Women's Tour will be confirmed during the spring.