Hosting the Women's Tour will be 'boost' for Chesterfield

British rider Lizzie Armitstead win the Women's Tour overall last year as she crossed the finish line in Chesterfield. Now the town will once again host one the final stages. (Images Courtesy The Tour).
British rider Lizzie Armitstead win the Women's Tour overall last year as she crossed the finish line in Chesterfield. Now the town will once again host one the final stages. (Images Courtesy The Tour).

Chesterfield and Derbyshire have been announced as the penultimate leg of the Women's Tour cycling race in June.

Stage four of the UCI Women's WorldTour event will be starting and finishing in the town on Saturday, June 10, and is said to be a 'real coup' for the town, bringing visitors to the area and boosting the local economy.

The 130-kilometre stage will build on the successful first hosting of the race in 2016, when Lizzie Deignan took the win in Chesterfield, a key moment in her overall victory in last year's Women's Tour.

The route will also pass through Wirksworth, Belper, Bolsover and Staveley.

Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins said: "We're delighted to welcome The Women's Tour back to Derbyshire this summer. Last year's event was brilliant and attracted lots of cycling enthusiasts and tourists alike.

"This year's Tour is set to be even bigger and better as it's on a Saturday which should allow more people to come and experience our fantastic county for themselves."

This year's stage in Derbyshire will take riders through Wirksworth, Belper, Bolsover and Staveley.

This year's stage in Derbyshire will take riders through Wirksworth, Belper, Bolsover and Staveley.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: "It is a real coup for Chesterfield to host both the start and finish of a tour stage and is part of our commitment to supporting the local economy and bringing visitors to the town.

"I know the organisers were impressed by the crowds and organisation of the event in Chesterfield last year and it is great that this time the route will also take in Staveley, Walton and other parts of the borough, which will enable more residents to see some world class cycle racing on their doorstep."

"The 2016 Women's Tour was a real inspiration to women and girls across the county to get out on their bikes and get active, which we're continually trying to encourage people to do as part of the Derbyshire Cycling Plan 2016-2030", said Hayley Lever, director of Derbyshire Sport.

"From the many schoolchildren who watched the race go by to those in clubs who cycled to take up a place at the side of the road, it was great to see so many people connecting with the race, and we hope it will prove just as popular in 2017."

The race finished in Chesterfield town centre and is hoped to give another boost to the local area.

The race finished in Chesterfield town centre and is hoped to give another boost to the local area.

Commenting on the announcement, Mick Bennett, Race Director for The Women's Tour said: "We are delighted to be returning to Chesterfield and Derbyshire after the success of last year's stage. This year with the stage coming on a weekend and Chesterfield hosting both the Start and Finish it will be a fantastic occasion and attract cycling fans from far and wide."

The world's top 15 teams will take part in the race, which is a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, including the world's number one team Boels Dolmans, of defending race champion Lizzie Deignan, ensuring British fans can again look forward to cheering on the world's best riders. In addition the British-based Drops and WNT teams will complete the 17 team field.

Highlights of every stage will be broadcast on ITV4 and available on demand via the ITV Hub.