Where to watch the Aviva Women’s Tour: Stage 4 route, timings and road closures for Stevenage and North Herts
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The Aviva Women’s Tour hits the roads of Hertfordshire tomorrow for Stage 4 – but where can you catch a piece of the cycling action?
A field of international female cyclists will set off from Waltham Cross at 10am, heading through Hoddesdon and other parts of East Herts before entering North Herts at around 11.40am.
After going through sprint sections in Barkway High Street and Royston’s Baldock Road, riders will then compete for Queen of the Mountains points in Therfield Heath.
The field will enter our area at about 12.12pm, heading through the village of Sandon near Baldock, Redhill, Rushden and Cromer.
Cyclists will then join the B1037 at Walkern at around 12.28pm, entering Stevenage five minutes later via Stevenage Road.
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The 103.8km route includes Fairlands Way, Verity Way, Vardon Road, Grace Way, Almonds Lane, Rectory Lane and North Road, before briefly entering Stevenage High Street.
The cyclists will bear left into Walkern Road with 1km to go and head into Church Lane before sweeping round and back down the full length of the High Street for the final straight.
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The winner is expected to cross the finish line just before the mini roundabout for Walkern Road, near to the Cromwell Hotel, at about 12.45pm.
Stevenage High Street will be closed from 6pm tonight and until 9pm tomorrow, with rolling road closures in place as the riders progress through the stage.
Activities in the High Street start from 10.30am, with British Cycling Girls racing.
There will be a winner’s podium and VIP area outside Tesco, with the presentation expected to take place by about 1.30pm.
A ‘Promo Zone’ area will also be stationed outside the JD Wetherspoon Standing Order pub, with the Comet selling goody bags on the day for £1.
Spectators will be kept informed with a PA system all along the High Street, with supervised crossing points available.
The race is the penultimate stage of the tour, which finishes on Sunday when riders head from Marlow to Hemel Hempstead.