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Preview: Lloyds Bank Tour of Britain Women

The 2024 Lloyds Bank Tour of Britain Women hits the British roads from Thursday 6 June to Sunday 9 June for four epic stages, with the best riders in the country taking on global stars here on home turf. Here we’ve pulled together all the key information you need to follow the action.

Watching from the roadside

Departing from Welshpool’s Broad Street in the heart of mid-Wales, the riders will face a formidable and challenging opening stage, with 2,276m of climbing to endure. The stage will also feature one sprint and two Queen of the Mountains segments, before a spectacular finish on Llandudno’s promenade.

The race’s second stage will start and finish on Chester Street in Wrexham’s city centre and will take in some of the breathtaking scenery in Denbighshire, West Cheshire and Chester, with one sprint and two Queen of the Mountains segments along the way.

The third stage will start and finish in front of the iconic Golden Gates of Warrington Town Hall, with the peloton immediately heading south, crossing the River Mersey and Great Manchester Canal. Riders will then pass the stunning Walton Hall and Gardens before breezing through the picturesque Cheshire West and Chester villages of Higher Whitley, Great Budworth and Wincham.

Named the first ever European Capital of Cycling for 2024, Greater Manchester will host the final start of the Tour of Britain Women. The anticlockwise route will cross the Ashton Canal, heading northeast to take in the towns of Shaw and Rochdale and two Queen of the Mountains segments. A fast, flat run into Leigh will set the stage for what is expected to be a spectacular finish to the race where spectators will witness history in action as the overall race winner will be crowned.

Find out more about all the stages here and spectator information here



Ones to watch

Road world champion Lotte Kopecky of Team SD Worx – Protime is among the 90 riders set to race this week. She will be joined by teammate Lorena Wiebes who dominated the 2024 RideLondon Classique earlier this year by sprinting to victory on all three stages.

The Great Britain Cycling Team will field a six-strong squad, including former road world champion and winner of the Women’s Tour in 2016 and 2019, Lizzie Deignan and Olympic gold medallist and seven-time track world champion, Elinor Barker. As well as Barker, Wales will be represented by Elynor Bäckstedt, while Anna Henderson, Millie Couzens and Flora Perkins complete the line-up. Read more about the squad here.

Team dsm–firmenich PostNL have confirmed that British national champion, Pfeiffer Georgi – who finished third at the Paris-Roubaix Femmes this year – will have the opportunity to race on home soil and enjoy the support of British crowds.

Human Powered Health have named former British national champion, Alice Wood among its six riders. Strong in a sprint, Wood will be looking forward to some familiar roads on stage three which feature regularly in her training rides.

Elsewhere, a strong line-up of UCI Women’s Continental riders has been confirmed, including current Lloyds Bank National Road Series leader Lucy Harris (Pro-Noctis – 200° Coffee – Hargreaves Contracting), Eilidh Shaw (Alba Road Development Team) and Alice McWilliam (Hess Cycling).

Full rider list

 Tour of Britain Women

How to follow

Cycling fans across the world will be able to tune in to all the action, with viewers in the UK able to watch live coverage from every stage on the Eurosport app, Discovery+ and on British Cycling’s free-to-air YouTube channel, with a daily highlights programme airing on ITV4 for those looking to catch up on all the action.

Those in the US, Scandinavia, Spain and central and eastern Europe will be able to watch the race live on Max, while audiences in Italy, the Netherlands and Germany can tune in on Discovery+. All other markets in Europe will be able to watch the coverage live on the Eurosport app. You can find out more information here.

You can also find a live blog at britishcycling.org.uk/live or follow live on all Tour of Britain social media on Facebook, Instagram and X.

Stage one: Welshpool to Llandudno (Thursday 6 June) 

Live: Starts at 13:00 BST with highlights from opening part of stage. Watch on British Cycling YouTube here.

Highlights: ITV4, 20:00 BST.

Stage two: Wrexham to Wrexham (Friday 7 June) 

Live: Starts at 13:15 BST with highlights from opening part of stage. Watch on British Cycling YouTube here.

Highlights: ITV4, 20:00 BST.

Stage 3: Warrington to Warrington (Saturday 8 June) 

Live: Starts at 10:45, with full flag-to-flag coverage. Watch on British Cycling YouTube here.

Highlights: ITV4, 20:00 BST.

Stage 4: National Cycling Centre to Leigh, Greater Manchester (Sunday 9 June) 

Live: Starts at 11:00, with full flag to flag coverage. Watch on British Cycling YouTube here.

Highlights: ITV4, 20:00 BST.