Stevenage set to welcome Olympic gold medal-winning cyclists as 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series venues announced

Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy wins a stage in Peterborough during last year's Pearl Izumi Tour Se

Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy wins a stage in Peterborough during last year's Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Picture: @TheTour_cycling via flickr - Credit: Free to use

Stevenage will host a televised British cycle race this summer which last year saw Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists from GB compete.

11-time Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey (second from left) and Olympic gold medallist Jo

11-time Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey (second from left) and Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell (third from left) pictured alongside team-mates during last year's Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Picture: @TheTour_cycling via flickr - Credit: Free to use

The town was revealed today as one of 10 locations across the UK to be chosen for the 2016 Pearl Izumi Tour Series, which is in its eight season and sees Britain’s top professional cycling teams in action.

Last year 11-time Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey and Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell competed in the women’s event, while Olympic team pursuit champion Ed Clancy cycled in the men’s race.

The tour – which sees teams compete to be the fastest in a one-hour circuit race – starts in Ramsey on the Isle of Man on May 12, coming to Stevenage on Monday, June 6, for the eighth of 10 rounds.

The town will host both men and women’s races organised by SweetSpot Group Ltd – the same team behind The Women’s Tour which saw Stage 4 finish in Stevenage High Street last June.


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Reigning Champions Madison Genesis will be competing again, with NFTO, Pedal Heaven, 2014 champions JLT Condor presented by Mavic, Team Raleigh GAC and Team WIGGINS also already confirmed.

Highlights from the tour, which culminates with the final round in Portsmouth on June 9, will be screened on ITV4.

For more information about the tour visit www.tourseries.co.uk.

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