National road race champion Pfeiffer Georgi heads a line-up of Britain’s most talented riders heading to the eighth edition of the Women’s Tour, Britain’s leading UCI Women’s WorldTour event, next month, which also includes a stage finish in Bury St Edmunds.
Georgi, who won her national title at Lincoln in October, finished eighth overall on her debut in the Women’s Tour last year and went close to winning stage two in Walsall with a late attack.
The Team DSM rider will be racing on home roads on stage three when the race visits Gloucestershire for the first time. The 21-year-old lives in Breadstone, a short distance south of that day’s finish in Gloucester’s historic docks.
Previous British road race champion Jess Roberts (Team Coop – Hitec Products) will also be on the start line at the Colchester Sports Park for stage one which finishes in the Suffolk town on Monday, June 6.
For Roberts, the 2018 British champion, starting this year’s event will mark her debut in the six-day race.
Stage five, which runs between Pembrey Country Park and the Black Mountain, will take place entirely in her native Carmarthenshire.
Roberts’ Team Coop – Hitec Products team-mate Josie Nelson also returns to the race next month.
Runner-up to Georgi in last year’s British championships, Nelson finished in the top 15 of all but one stage of the 2021 Women’s Tour on her debut aged just 19.
Two-time Olympic champion Katie Archibald will return to the race after a four-year absence.
The Scottish track star, who has also won four world titles during an illustrious career, heads up CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling’s six-rider squad.
Archibald has recorded three top-10 stages finishes during her four previous participations, including fifth in London on the final day of the 2017 race.
Reigning UCI World Hour Record holder Jos Lowden will line up for Uno-X Pro Cycling Team, helped by a brilliant second place in the Atherstone individual time trial stage.
Also confirmed to ride is Team Jumbo – Visma’s Anna Henderson, for whom the 2022 tour will represent a race debut. The Hertfordshire rider (23) beat Lowden to win the British time trial championships last October and took her biggest international victory of her career to date at the Festival Elsy Jacobs stage race in Luxembourg last month.
This year’s Women’s Tour begins on June 6 with stage two in Harlow. subsequent legs will visit Gloucestershire and Wales.
The race will conclude in Oxfordshire on Saturday, June 11, with a stage between Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds and the heart of historic Oxford.
About the Women’s Tour
- Stage one Colchester to Bury St Edmunds Monday, June 6
- Stage two Harlow to Harlow Tuesday, June 7
- Stage three Tewkesbury to Gloucester Wednesday, June 8
- Stage four Wrexham to Welshpool Thursday, June 9
- Stage five Pembrey Country Park to Black Mountain Friday, June 10
- Stage six Chipping Norton to Oxford Saturday, June 11.
- UCI Women’s World Teams: Canyon//SRAM Racing (Germany), EF Education – TIBCO – SVB (USA, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (France), Human Powered Health (USA), Liv Racing Xstra (Netherlands), Movistar Team (Spain), Team BikeExchange – Jayco (Australia), Team DSM (Germany), Team Jumbo – Visma (Netherlands). Team SD Worx (Netherlands), Trek-Segafredo (USA), UAE Team ADQ (UAE), Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (Norway)
- UCI Women’s Continental Teams: CAMS – Basso (Great Britain), CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling (Germany), Le Col – Wahoo (Great Britain), Team Coop – Hitec Products (Norway)