So far there have been six winners after the five rounds of the series. The series proves to be the best platform for women across the globe as it involves a number of participants from the whole world with unbeatable skills. Before the flagship of the Women’s Tour, British Cycling announced that they will be re establishing the national women’s road racing program. The tour has been setting a benchmark for more and more women out there who want to try out their hand on biking and also it’s a wider platform for them to showcase their talent. Last year’s race was a well organized one if we consider the women’s race series and has generated many winners after its occurrence. Britain always manages to attract mass spectators and cycling enthusiasts. There has been increasing professionalism and tactics over the couple of years.
There are speculations that next year onwards the women’s team will be divided into two groups. The top ten will be provided with an entry into the World Tour of following events. This addition has been made with the hope that it creates new horizons for the ladies and offers an opportunity to the young and talented riders. Over 25,000 kids will be joining in as a motivational factor for stretching the number of spectators. Along with motivating the riders the kids themselves will also become aware of the sport and its significance in their day to day lives.
If we talk about this year’s happenings, there was a team presentation on the first day of the race. The bikers will have to make their way through the Chilterns which is a hilly area and have to complete a distance of 140km. A member of the Team WNT had to lag behind as a result of her bike’s tyre puncture. Winners of the Otley Grand Prix which took place on Wednesday are Grace Garner, Laura Massey, Dani King, Dame Sarah Storey, Joanna Rowsell and Annasley Park. Nicola Juniper gave an outstanding performance in the overall standings and has obtained 36 points. Even though the current World Cup leader had stated that this is not her target, all eyes will be set on her. After the back up of world champion, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot of France on Tuesday due to an injury, Armitstead’s rivals will now be Giorgia Bronzini of Wiggle-Honda, Elisa Longo-Borgini of Italy, Emma Johansson of Sweden and Orica.
The management is looking forward to take the race out of the home countries and set it in more challenging regions in the coming years. This also includes increasing the size of the racing fields which will automatically increase the number of days for the race.
Its only time that will decide what will be the growth of the industry after making new variations to the game. It will give more opportunities to the upcoming talents and also raise the level of competition for the riders which in turn will become more entertaining for the viewers.
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