Women's Tour 2018 - visited Wickham Market

A comprehensive look at the Women's Tour 2018

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How exciting it was to see another international cycle racing tour coming through the village.

Hat's off to East Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council for securing another tour to the region and it was brilliant to see it coming through the village again.

Historically Wickham Market was a key crossing point, back in the time when the castles around were lived in, it seems that our village continues to be a spot for travellers to pass through when crossing the county. This includes many sportives, club rides and international events and those of us that love the sport are delighted with that!

The Wickham Market Town Team,  Wickham Market Partnerhip Team and Parish Council again pulled out all the stops to create an event that was remembered. 

All you need to know about the Women's Tour 2018

Firstly the teams:

Fact File.........

• The 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour takes place from Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 June over five stages.


• It will be the fifth edition of The OVO Energy Women’s Tour, which was launched by SweetSpot in 2014.


• The race is a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour for the third successive year and was one of the founding
events of the new global calendar.


• The UCI Women’s WorldTour visits 10 countries around the world, including 23 different events and 52
days of racing for the world’s top riders.


• 17 teams will take part in the race, including 14 of the top 15 ranked teams in the world.


• Four British teams will race – Storey Racing, Trek-Drops, Wiggle HIGH5 and WNT-Rotor.


• Two teams will be making their OVO Energy Women’s Tour debut – Storey Racing and Valcar PBM.


• The four former winners are – Kasie Niewiadoma (2017), Lizzie Deignan (2016), Lisa Brennauer (2015) and
Marianne Vos (2014).


• Marianne Vos has the most stage wins to date with four victories (three in 2014, one in 2016).


• 11 reigning national champions rode in the 2017 OVO Energy Women’s Tour.


• Northamptonshire is the only county to have featured in every edition of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour.


• Atherstone is the joint most visited town (alongside Kettering) by the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, with the
Warwickshire venue hosting a stage start for the third time during this year’s race.


• Since 2014 The Women’s Tour has covered 2344.1 kilometres of racing on British roads.


• The 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour will be 678 kilometres in distance, the longest edition of the race to
date.


• The 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour will once again feature designated SKODA Queen of the Mountains
climbs and intermediate Eisberg Sprints during each stage.

Previous Tours
 

2018 Distance 678km 5 
2017 627.9km    Average speed 23.5mph
2016 621.1km     Average speed 24.1 mph
2015 596.2km   Average speed 24.6 mph
2014 498.9km   Average speed 24.4 mph

For all those Strava segment chasers you know what that means .... your'e going to go down in the listings!!

The OVO Energy Roll of Honour

OVO Energy General Classification
2017 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling
2016 Lizzie Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans
2015 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio SRAM
2014 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv


Points Classification
2017 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans
2016 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv
2015 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio SRAM
2014 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv


SKODA Queen of the Mountains Classification
2017 Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle HIGH5
2016 Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
2015 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
2014 Sharon Laws (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling


Eisberg Sprints Classification
2017 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans


Adnams Best British Rider Classification
2017 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon//SRAM
2016 Lizzie Deignan (GBr) Boels Dolmans
2015 Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
2014 Lucy Garner (GBr) Great Britain


Best Young Rider Classification
2017 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon//SRAM
2016 Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Liv Plantur
2015 Hannah Barnes (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
2014 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico Faren


OVO Energy Team Classification
2017 Team Sunweb
2016 Wiggle HIGH5
2015 Boels Dolmans
2014 Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies


Overall Combativity Award
2017 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb
2016 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Ale Cipollini
2015 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle HIGH5
2014 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Astana

Within the OVO Energy Women’s Tour there are five leaders’ jerseys, each presented following every stage to the rider leading that competition’s classification.

Check back in the build-up to the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour for details on where you can buy this year’s Official Jerseys plus a range of Official Merchandise to show your support for the OVO Energy Women’s Tour

The OVO Energy Green Jersey

Awarded to the rider leading The Women’s Tour overall, the OVO Energy Green Jersey is what every rider in The Women’s Tour is seeking to pull on. The OVO Energy Green Jersey is easily identifiable in the peloton, showing you who leads the race overall.

2017 winner: Kasia Niewiadoma, WM3 Pro Cycling
2016 winner: Lizzie Deignan, Boels Dolmans
2015 winner: Lisa Brennauer, Velocio SRAM
2014 winner: Marianne Vos, Rabo Liv

 

Points Jersey

Awarded to the race’s best sprinter, the Points Jersey is the OVO Energy Women’s Tour’s equivalent of the Tour de France’s green jersey.

Riders will battle for bonus points at the stage finish each day. The first 15 riders across the finish line are awarded points on a 15 down to 1 basis, with the rider who has accumulated the most points so far wearing the Points jersey.

2017 winner: Christine Majerus, Boels Dolmans
2016 winner: Marinanne Vos, Rabo Liv
2015 winner: Lisa Brennauer, Velocio SRAM
2014 winner: Marianne Vos, Rabo Liv

 

SKODA Queen of the Mountains Jersey

Awarded to the best climber in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, riders battle for points at two designated SKODA Queen of the Mountains climbs on each stage of the race.

Each stage will feature two designated climbs with the first six riders across the summit winning points, on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with the rider who has accumulated the most points wearing the SKODA Queen of the Mountains jersey.

2017 winner: Audrey Cordon Ragot, Wiggle HIGH5
2016 winner: Katie Hall, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
2015 winner: Melissa Hoskins, Orica AIS
2014 winner: Sharon Laws, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling

 

Adnams Best British Rider Jersey

The Adnams Best British Rider Jersey will be awarded to the leading British rider on General Classification following each day’s stage, creating a race within the race for the British riders keen to perform on home roads, and allowing spectators to easily pick out the leading British rider in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour.

2017 winner: Hannah Barnes, Canyon//SRAM
2016 winner: Lizzie Deignan, Boels Dolmans
2015 winner: Hannah Barnes, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
2014 winner: Lucy Garner, Great Britain

 

Eisberg Sprints Jersey

New for 2017 each road stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour features two intermediate Sprints, where points are awarded towards the Eisberg Sprints Jersey.

Highly popular with fans, riders battle it out to be first across the sprint line to claim points, and also bonus seconds to be taken off their overall race time.

If the overall lead for the OVO Energy Women’s Tour is tight, expect the battle for the time bonuses to be intense!

2017 winner: Christine Majerus, Boels Dolmans

Teams and riders also compete in two further categories. The winning team will follow in the wheeltracks of most recent winners Team Sunweb (2017) and Wiggle HIGH5 (2016) to win the OVO Energy Women’s Tour Team Classification.

Each day the most aggressive rider will be rewarded with the Combativity Award, with a special version of the same award being presented following the final stage to the rider who the judges decide has most animated the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour across all five stages.  In 2017 the winner of this award was Team Sunweb’s Lucinda Brand.