The Women’s Tour: Pre-Race Live News


Everything we know as soon as we know it

 Neutral Service, working alongside Matrix-Vulpine, aims to bring you as much news from the 2014 FriendsLife Women’s Tour as possible and as quickly as possible, including interesting stuff you won’t find elsewhere. Updates will begin on the 6th of May (the day before the race starts) and will continue throughout the race. In addition, we’ll have nightly reviews of all the action. If you have race photos you’d like to share with fans, we’d love to publish them here – email them to or send them via Twitter. Don’t forget to follow all the teams and riders and the official race Twitter account for more! #TheWomensTour

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23:53 This is your lot from Neutral Service for tonight; early start tomorrow to pick up press accreditation!

23:51 Word around the hotel bar is that Sarah “Pigeons” Connolly absolutely shone at the press conference. Her report ought to make for fascinating reading.

23:49 So – riders spotted so far: the entire Matrix-Vulpine squad, who look seriously up for the race (a few intermediate sprint wins are well within reach; a stage win isn’t impossible); the Netherlands National Selection; a smattering of Hitec Products. Got to the team hotel a bit too late!

23:46 Was very interesting to hear Stef Wyman, directeur sportif of the British Matrix-Vulpine team, giving his riders a pre-race briefing this evening. Stef cares about more than results – he’s also very concerned with each rider as an individual and their future as a cyclist, telling them that they need to be professional and impress the top teams here in order to increase their chances of finding professional contracts and going on to enjoy glittering careers.

17:14 The press conference is underway – Neutral Service didn’t get there in time, but TTL Women’s Cycling are currently taking questions on Twitter and putting them to Marianne Vos, Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Johansson.

16:06 Ruth Weatherill has just become the first person to send us a photo from the race!


15:21 Women’s Sport Trust: “Ninety-six cyclists will make history on Wednesday when they start first ever Women’s Tour of Britain”

15:10 The Women’s Tour took “an almighty effort and an immense degree of belief from the organiser, Sweetspot,” says William Fotheringham.

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14:12  “The British public know the success we’ve had on the track and obviously with the men’s road. I think they’re going to be so impressed with the standard of racing” at The Women’s Tour, says Lucy Garner.

13:58 Even the Polish fans are backing Our Lizzie!




See Marianne’s preview here.




13:38 Wiggle-Honda are out on the parcours for a practice…



13:25 Lointek are another team with the strength to challenge for stage wins, yet they’ve somehow only got 700 followers on Twitter – this injustice must be corrected! Give them a follow!

13:22 Want a free Women’s Tour poster, courtesy of Bikmo?

13:11 Know your jerseys…? WTJerseys 12:51 Sarah Connolly has a good article explaining the various ways you can follow the race.

11:55 The Women’s Tour isn’t the only bike race to take place in Britain, of course. Here’s a report with results from the weekend’s Bedford 3-Day.

11:51 Another good news article, from the BBC – Marianne Vos eyes pivotal year for women’s cycling.

11:41 Another Twitter worth following today – Oundle Women’s Tour. 11:32 A couple of great articles on the race and riders in the Daily telegraph this morning. Eight-time National Cyclo Cross Champion Helen Wyman, who is riding in the Women’s Tour with Matrix-Vulpine, has a look at the parcours and explains why it’s far tougher than it looks on paper here, and UCI World Cup leader Lizzie Armitstead talks about why she could never hate Marianne Vos here.

11:30 Don’t forget that if you have any photos taken on the way to the race, your preparations for the race or anything else to do with the race and you’d like to share them with the women’s cycling world, we’d like to hear from you! See the links above.

11:27  With less than 24 hours to go, the start list seems set (though anyone who knows much at all about women’s cycling will be well aware that you can never be entirely sure who’ll be racing until you see them on the start line). The links below lead to the riders’ Twitters; follow them for interesting information throughout the race and beyond!

Astana-BePink Boels-Dolmans Estada de Mexico-Faren Hitec Products
11 Doris Schweizer 21 Lizzie Armitstead 31 Uenia Fernandes da Souza 51 Thea Thorsen
12 Dalia Muccioli 22 Ellen van Dijk 32 Lucy Martin 52 Ashleigh Moolman
13 Silvia Valsecchi 23 Romy Kasper 33 Fabiana Luperini 53 Elisa Longo Borghini
14 Susanna Zorzi 24 Christine Majerus 34 Rossella Ratto 54 Siri Minge
15 Michela Maltese 25 Emma Trott 35 Erika Yepez 55 Chloe Hosking
16 Alice Maria Arzuffi 26 Katarzyna Pawlowska 36 Elena Cecchini 56 Audrey Cordon


Lointek Lotto-Belisol Matrix-Vulpine Optum p/b KBS
61 Aude Biannic 71 Emma Pooley 81 Helen Wyman 101 Lauren Hall
62 Belen Lopez Morales 72 Amy Cure 82 Mel Lowther 102 Janel Holcomb
63 Lucia Gonzalez Blanco 73 Isabelle Beckers 83 Harriet Owen 103 Leah Kirchmann
64 Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz 74 Liesbet de Vocht 84 Jessie Walker 104 Joelle Numainville
65 Fanny Riberot 75 Anisha Vekemans 85 Jo Tindley 105 Denise Ramsden
66 Aurore Verhoeven 76 Chantal Hoffmann 86 Penny Rowson 106 Jade Wilcoxson


Orica-AIS Rabo-Liv Specialized-Lululemon United Healthcare
111 Emma Johansson 1 Marianne Vos 121 Chantal Blaak 141 Hannah Barnes
112 Loes Gunnewijk 2 Annemiek van Vleuten 122 Lisa Brennauer 142 Katie Hall
113 Shara Gillow Anna Knauer 123 Karol-Ann Canuel 143 Cari Higgins
114 Nettie Edmondson 4 Roxane Knetemann 124 Tiffany Cromwell 144 Sharon Laws
115 Valentina Scandolara Iris Slappendel 125 Elise Delzenne 145 Lauren Tamayo
116 Gracie Elvin Lucinda Brand 126 Trixi Worrack 146 Ruth Winder


Wiggle-Honda Great Britain Netherlands Switzerland
151 Laura Trott 41 Lucy Garner 91 Amy Pieters 131 Jolanda Neff
152 Dani King 42 Hayley Jones 92 Anouska Koster 132 Linda Indergand
153 Charlotte Becker 43 Ciara Horne 93 Henriette Woering 133 Katrin Leumann
154 Giorgia Bronzini 44 Emily Kay 94 Ashlynn van Baarle 134 Ramona Forchini
155 Peta Mullens 45 Katie Archibald 95 Mascha Pijnenborg 135 Caroline Bauer
156 Linda Villumsen 46 Amy Hill 96 Janine van der Meer 136 Jutta Steinen

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