Women's Tour secures title sponsor

The first ever Women's Tour cycle race next month will be title-sponsored by Friends Life.

A five-stage road race running from May 7-11 will start in Oundle, Northamptonshire and finish in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, with the Tour also taking in Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Olympic Gold Medal winner and triple world champion Dani King said: "I'm really excited to be a part of the first ever Friends Life Women's Tour.

"To have such a big company supporting women's cycling is huge for our sport, and women's sport in general."

Cav to miss Scheldeprijs

Mark Cavendish will miss Belgian one-day race Scheldeprijs due to illness.

The three-time winner missed Gent-Wevelgem and Three Days of De Panne last week through illness and is again unable to take to the start line on Wednesday.

"I am sad to miss a race that is very close to my heart, my first win as a professional," Cavendish said in an Omega Pharma-QuickStep media release.