London will host the final stage of The Women's Tour on Sunday 11th June, as the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan helped Olympic champion Katie Archibald unveil the route for the 2017 race, which takes place from 7th to 11th June.
The fourth edition of the race will also include stages in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire and Derbyshire, plus a new charity partnership with Breast Cancer Care to celebrate 25 years of the pink ribbon.
All of the world's top 15 teams will take part in the race, which is a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, including the world's number one team Boels Dolmans, and Wiggle HIGH5. In addition, the British-based Drops and WNT teams will complete the 17 team field.
The final stage of The Women's Tour will take place over 14-laps of the same 6km circuit as used by the men's Tour of Britain, starting and finishing on Regent Street St James and featuring the likes of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall on every lap.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: "I'm really excited that the most prestigious women's cycling race in the world is coming to the streets of central London for the first time.
"Londoners will be able to see their Olympic heroes and the world's top riders competing up close, reviving the excitement we all felt during the Olympics. The race shows our continuing commitment to London hosting the very best sporting events in world.
"One of my key priorities is making cycling safer and easier for Londoners of all backgrounds, and I hope that having the Women's Tour here will inspire thousands more Londoners to take up cycling as part of their everyday lives.”
Breast Cancer Care has also been confirmed as the official charity partner of The Women's Tour. This specialist support charity has 1,000 places for women to cycle their Pink Ribbon Tour, completing 25km on the circuit whilst raising money for women facing breast cancer.
Samia al Qadhi, chief executive of Breast Cancer Care, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be the Official Charity Partner of The Women's Tour.
Commenting on the route, Women's Tour race director Mick Bennett added: "Having the Mayor of London invite us to London for the final stage of The Women's Tour shows the status of the event, that just three years on from its creation it can be a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour and feature all of the world's top 15 teams. This year's route will combine testing climbs and beautiful scenery in the heart of England with the London finish, which will be an undoubted highlight of the sporting calendar.
"Counties such as Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Derbyshire have embraced The Women's Tour, so this year's edition will see yet more of the huge roadside crowds cheering on the world's best.”
Hugh Roberts, chief executive of race organisers SweetSpot Group concluded: "We have a fantastic field of the world's best teams, a testing route with an iconic finale in the heart of the world's foremost city and a very important and entirely fitting partnership with Breast Cancer Care. After three editions The Women's Tour continues to grow and go from strength-to-strength, but to take the event on to the next level we are seeking a title partner to cement our position as the world's leading women's race.”