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World-class riders speed through Suffolk as Women's Tour begins

The Women's Tour riders speed through Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Women's Tour of Britain is under way - with some of the world's best riders conquering the opening stage in Suffolk.

The annual event started in Framlingham and wound it's way through 80 miles of the county's roads, taking in Wickham Market, Ipswich, Needham Market and Halesworth before finishing in Southwold.

The race also made a little bit of history - raising the amount of prize money available to the riders to match the cash pot of the Men's Tour of Britain.

The stage was won by Belgian Jolien D’hoore. She suffered a broken collarbone just three weeks ago but still picked up where she left off in London in 2017 by sprinting to victory at the head of a world-class field.

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“Even before today’s stage I wasn’t sure where I was at with my form,” said D’hoore. “But the team had 100% trust in me and they gave me a perfect lead out going into the finish. It’s really great to start with a win, the pressure is off now.

“The stage was pretty flat and everyone knew that it was going to come down to a sprint, but it got pretty nervous and hectic going into the final and thankfully I was in a really good position on the last corner."

– Jolien D’hoore, stage one winner

Stage Two sees the tour return to Northamptonshire for the fifth time with a 143-kilometre stage from Rushden to Daventry.

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