2014 Women’s Tour

The region welcomes the first women's cycling tour of Britain.

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Marianne Vos wins The Women's Tour

Marianne Vos has won the first Women's Tour cycling event with victory in the final stage which ended in Bury St Edmunds.

Marianne Vos Credit: PA Wire

It was a third successive stage win for the 26-year-old Olympic and world road-race champion.

Vos's fellow Dutch rider Amy Pieters was third on the stage, with Britain's Hannah Barnes in fourth.

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Trott suffers fall in Women's Tour

Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott has been taken to hospital after falling on day three of the Women's Tour cycle race.

Trott suffered a bad fall on the 56 mile stage from Felixstowe in Suffolk to Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, but completed the course before being taken to hospital for precautionary scans.

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Laura Trott in pre-tour preparation Credit: PA

Trott later tweeted that she's determined to rejoin her sister Emma in the race, with tomorrow's stage taking place in their home county of Hertfordshire.

It will start in their hometown of Cheshunt and finish in Welwyn Garden City, where the pair began racing.

She tweeted: "Hit the deck today.. Pretty dam hard! Elbow xrayed and all ok! So onto the next stage..

Trott's team boss Rochelle Gilmore told BBC Sport: "It was a nasty crash. She was actually shaking, she looked a little bit pale and it was a bit scary.

"Laura rode to the finish with a group just behind the main peloton, but when she came in I have never seen anyone in so much pain.

"It's really hard to see the tears of pain after the stage and it's amazing that she wants to start on Saturday"

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Marianne Vos (green jersey) races to the finish line to win Stage Three of the 2014 Women's Tour. Credit: PA

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Northamptonshire hosts the 'Grand Depart' for the first ever Women's Tour of Britain

The first ever Women's Tour of Britain cycle race got underway in Northamptonshire with the town of Oundle playing host to the 'Grand Depart'.

Many of the stars of cycling are competing in the five-day stage race - including Northamptonshire's very own Hannah Barnes and Norfolk's Emma Pooley.

Stage one covered a 58 mile route from Oundle down to the centre of Northampton. The race is back in the county for Stage 2 - another 74 miles ending on the Embankment in Bedford.

Women's Tour starts today

The inaugural 'Women's Tour' cycling event will be launched in the region today as it sets off from Oundle in Northamptonshire.

The first stage gets underway at 11 o'clock.

A number of Olympic champions will be among the riders who will pass through Desborough, Brixworth and Chapel Brampton on the way to Northampton.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out to watch.

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