The world s top ten professional teams will head to Britain this June to line-up for the third edition of the Aviva Women s Tour, it was announced today (Tuesday 26 April) marking 50 days to go until the race gets underway in Southwold, Suffolk, on Wednesday 15 June.
As of the latest UCI rankings (17 April) all of the world s top ten teams will be racing led by the world s number one ranked team Wiggle HIGH5 and the Boels Dolmans team of UCI Women s WorldTour leader Lizzie Armitstead
In total 14 of the world s top 17 teams will be on the start line in Southwold, Suffolk for Stage One of the Aviva Women s Tour, which will be the first European stage race of the 2016 UCI Women s WorldTour.
Among the other high-profile teams racing will be Rabo Liv, who won the 2014 edition of the race with Marianne Vos, the Canyon SRAM team of defending champion Lisa Brennauer and a Great Britain national team, as they continue their preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
They will be joined by a third British team, the domestic Drops Cycling Team, who have been newly formed for 2016 and will be making their Aviva Women s Tour debut.
The 2016 field will comprise of teams from 11 different countries, including four teams who will be making their Aviva Women s Tour debuts in June as Astana, BTC City Ljubljana and the Cylance Pro Cycling team join Drops in making their first appearance in the race.
The fifth stage of the race passes through Northamptonshire on Sunday 19th June and finishes in Kettering.
The full list of 16 teams for the 2016 Aviva Women s Tour is:
* Ale Cipollini Galassia (Italy)
* Astana Women s Team (Kazakhstan)
* Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (Netherlands)
* BTC City Ljubljana (Slovenia)
* Canyon SRAM Racing (Germany)