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Race day: A British team take on the world's best

With less than a week until hundreds of the world's best female cyclists race through our region at the Women's Tour, we've been finding out what it takes to compete at the very top.

We're behind-the-scenes with one of the British teams taking part, getting an exclusive look at life on the road, at one of their last big tests before the tour. Team Matrix Fitness got off to a good start in the time trial over in Luxembourg, but tonight, tension mounts ahead of the big race. And, as Sarah Cooper reports, it's a big challenge.


  1. Sarah Cooper @SarahCooperITV

Women's Tour: Getting ready for race weekend

It's fair to say 2014 was a pretty good year for cycling in our region, we saw history made twice, with Essex and Cambridgeshire hosting a stage of the Tour de France and the first ever Women's Tour starting in Northamptonshire and finishing in Suffolk.

The good news is, the cycling is set to continue, when the Women's Tour returns to the East next week.

Once again, thousands are expected to be out on the roads, cheering on the world's top female cyclists, but what does it take to win a road race? To find out, Sarah Cooper's been behind-the-scenes with one of the British teams, in training for the tour.


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.

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"

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