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Taking place from the 7-11 May, Britain will host the top names in international cycling. From domestic heroines like Lizzie Armitstead to Olympic heroines like Laura Trott and living legends like Marianne Vos, five exciting stages are guaranteed.

To help you make the most of this special event, we have put together a quick guide on each of the stages which includes information on the town in question, where to stay and most importantly the best vantage points along the route so you can get right up close to all of the action.

[part title="Stage 1: Oundle to Northampton"]

stage 1 women's tour

When: Wednesday 7 May

Distance: 92.4km

The Route: The opening stage will depart from the town of Oundle, heading south west through Northamptonshire to finish in Northampton.

Sprints: Rushton and Hunsbury

Queen of the Mountain points: Harrington and Spratton.

Tourist Information: Residents of Oundle are opening up their homes to the public. Click here for further details. Visit Northamptonshire's website has additional information on where to stay, where to eat, and other attractions worth checking out when you are in the area.

Don't Miss: Renowned cycling journalist and author of Racing Hard will be giving a talk in St Peter's Church at 7.45pm on 6th May.

[part title="Stage 2: Hinckley to Bedford"]

stage 2 womens tour

Distance: 118.5km

The Route:

Kicking off in the market town of Hinckley in Leicestershire, Stage 2 will head north east towards the outskirts of Leicester before turning south east back through Northamptonshire and on to the finish on the Embankment in Bedford.

Sprints: Lutterworth and Turvey

Queen of the Mountain points: Kilworth and Naseby

Tourist Information: For further information about the area and where to stay click here.

Don't Miss: The Cycle Market Place in Bedford on the 8th May. Further information can be found here.

stage 3

When: Friday 9 May

Distance: 86.8km

The Route:

Stage three sees a move to East Anglia with the start at the port town of Felixstowe in Suffolk. The route heads inland, through Ipswich city centre before making its way back to the coast for the finish at the seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea.

Sprints: Little Bealings and Thorpe le Soken

Queen of the Mountain points: Freston and Holbrook.

Tourist Information: For further information about the area and where to stay click here.

Don't Miss: Beat the incline. A hill climbing competition that will take place after the the departure of stage three. Further details here.

[part title="Stage 4: Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City"]

stage 4 womens tour

When: Saturday 10 May

Distance: 87.8km

The Route:

Stage four begins in Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, looping north to Letchworth Garden City before heading back south the finishing in Welwyn.

Sprints: Baldock and Codicote

Queen of the Mountain points: Hertford and Digswell Hill.

Tourist Information: For further information about the area and where to stay click here.

Don't Miss: A host of live acts on the Howard Stage

[part title="Stage 5: Harwich to Bury St Edmunds"]

stage 5

When: Sunday 11 May

Distance: 108.1km

The Route:

The final stage of the inaugural Women's Tour begins on the coast in the harbour town of Harwich in Essex, heading inland via Sudbury and Stowmarket to finish in Bury St. Edmunds.

Sprints: Mistley and Long Melford

Queen of the Mountain points: Long Melford and Brettenham

Tourist Information: For further information about the area and where to stay click here.

Don't Miss: The grand finale and the crowing of the first ever champions of the Women's Tour on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds.