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Lucy Garner
Lucy Garner

Some of the world’s best cyclists will fly through the town when the Women’s Tour sprint is held in Lutterworth on Thursday.

The locations for the specialist sections for the Leicestershire section of the Friends Life Women’s Tour cycle race were revealed this week.

The elite cyclists will battle to become Strava’s Queen of the Mountains at Kilworth and the Yodel Direct Sprint champion in Lutterworth when the competition comes to the county next week.

The world class field of sportswomen are now completing their final preparations before they come to Leicestershire to compete in the first ever Women’s Tour, which is also the first elite women’s cycling race held over several days in Britain.

Leicestershire’s Lucy Garner, the double junior World road-race champion who will lead a young GB national team, says she is relishing getting to grips with the specialist sections in her home county.

She said: “I can’t wait to race in the UK, particularly around roads so close to my home.

“The route looks like it could suit me and it would be great to win a stage on home ground.

“I’m looking forward to wearing the Great Britain colours in front of a home crowd too – I think that will feel pretty special.”

The second stage of the tour starts in Hinckley’s Market Place at 11am on Thursday, May 8.

The elite field will then cover 118.5km passing through Enderby, Cosby, Broughton Astley and Lutterworth before crossing into Northamptonshire on its way to the stage finish in Bedford.

Oundle in Northamptonshire will be hosting the start of the tour which takes place over five stages between Wednesday, May 7 and Sunday, May 11.