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The Aviva Women’s Tour Riders Heading for your Strava QOMs

Here's are the Strava using riders to watch out for next week...

Just in case you missed the memo – THE WOMEN’S TOUR IS NEXT WEEK. We don’t use all caps lightly, so it must be exciting.

Starting from Wednesday, some of the greatest female riders in the pro peloton will be gracing British soil, racing for five days straight from Southwold to Kettering. You can see the stage breakdowns, rider lists, TV schedule and more here. 

There’s only one downside to all this exciting action – especially if the race is visiting your local lanes. If you’ve got an QOMs, you’re about to lose them. Of course not all pro cyclists share their info on Strava, but lucky for the data-nosy among us, some do.

Here’s a look at the  riders with public profiles who will soon be snapping up all the trophies for the foreseeable future…

Tiffany Cromwell

Australian Canyon//SRAM rider Tiffany Cromwell will be riding the tour, and the team have the opportunity to defend the title of returning 2015 Women’s Tour winner Lisa Brennauer.

As well as playing a major role for the team, Tiff also has quite a way with a camera phone – so keep an eye on her Instagram feed to see her take on a visit to England…

See her Strava account here. 

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Dani King

‘Once a hitter, always a hitter’ – King swapped the track this year to focus fully on the road and she’s already told us that her goal for 2016 is to work with Armitstead and Pooley to go for Gold at the Rio road race.

Riding for Wiggle High5, we’re hoping to see her at the front of the orange and black train (especially since she’s been sharing lots of training and stretching advice with us lately).

See her Strava account here. 

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Elisa Longo Borghini 

Another Wiggle High5 rider, Longo Borghini had us on the edge of our seats last year when she broke away with Sabrina Stultiens (Liv Planur) at the end of stage four, almost holding on to the bitter end. Unfortunately for the pair, they were caught by the chasing peloton – but maybe she’ll try again this year?

See her Strava account here. 

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Marianne Vos

We’re so excited to see Rabo-Liv’s Vos come back to the race she won in 2014 after an extended injury break saw her miss the 2015 edition. Admittedly, it doesn’t look like she’s been Strava-ing so much this month, but she has uploaded Women’s Tour rides before – so we live in hope!

A break of a year will no doubt take it out of a rider – but she’s been having some great flashes of  form so far, and has been selected to ride on the Dutch team in Rio.

See her Strava here. 

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Emma Pooley

Heading up the Great Britain team, Pooley has returned to road racing after two years focusing on triathlon and duathlon, with plans to ride in Rio. Suited to hilly courses, British Cycling approached Pooley about an Olympic return, and her performance at the Women’s Tour could be telling of her form, even though the courses will be very different.

See her Strava here, and you can also follow Pooley’s GB team mate, 19 year old Olympic Development rider Manon Lloyd here. 

 

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Sophie Coleman

Former World Junior Duathlon champ Sophie Coleman only really got serious about the bike in 2015, telling us training ramped up in January ahead of the Mallorca 312 Sportive, which she finished in the fastest female time.

Now riding for brand new UCI team Drops, it’ll be interesting to see this team battling it out on the UCI WWT stage – and we’ll be able to see all the details on Strava, of course!

Check out her Strava page here. 

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Ellen van Dijk

Another intermittent Strava user, we’re hoping Ellen decides to upload her Women’s Tour stages as she rides for the seemingly unstoppable Boels-Dolmans team alongside Lizzie Armitstead.

Van Dijk broke a rib in February, but the time trial specialist is back on form now and with the endless success the team has had this season we’re excited to see what they can do.

See her Strava here. 

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There are still more profiles to hunt. Riding for Hitec Products, you can find Lauren Kitchen here – with track and sprint specialist Kirsten Wild on their roster we can expect to see some exciting lead out trains from the blue and white engine. Australian Loren Rowney of Orica AIS posts some of her rides for all to see here, and you can get a glimpse into Liv Plantur antics via Carlee Taylor here.

From Ale Cipollini action, you can follow multiple Swedish road and time trial champ Emilia Fahlin, and from United Healthcare (who will be bringing GB’s Hayley Simmonds), follow Katie Hall.

French road and track rider Roxane Fournier of Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope86 uploads here, and Cervelo Bigla’s Clara Koppenburg has a profile here. For Cylance Pro Cycling, you can follow Sheyla Gutierrez and Alison Tetrick.

Want to know which towns the race will be visiting, and when? Check out our full guide to the Aviva Women’s Tour here. 

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