Words by Maria David
Another year, another Women’s Tour winner. After Marianne Vos in 2014, Lisa Brennauer in 2015, and Lizzie Deignan last year, this year’s winner of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour was Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling). The Polish national champion and team-mate of London 2012 Olympic Champion Marianne Vos led in the general classification from stage 1 in Kettering and held her lead throughout the five-stage race.
This year’s Women’s Tour differed in a couple of ways compared with last year. As a Women’s World Tour race, attracting the best riders in the world, the course was made more challenging than in previous years. Starting from Daventry, the Tour visited Kettering, Stoke-on-Trent, Atherstone, Leamington Spa, and Chesterfield before reaching London, with stages that were around 150km, and included plentiful hills.
After four days in the English countryside, the final stage was a 62-km criterium in the heart of London, on a 6.2km circuit taking in Piccadilly Circus, Regents Street, Trafalgar Square, Aldwych, and Whitehall. This was the first time the Women’s Tour was visiting the streets of London, and the racers were keen to take a win at this iconic location.