Women's Sport: 2020 Women's Tour unveils its first competing team and opening stage

Britain's Lizzie Deignan won last year's event

Bicester will host the first stage of the 2020 Women's Tour in June. 

The Grand Départ as it's known will start in the Oxfordshire town's Market Square before passing through surrounding towns, villages and rural areas. It is the second time that the county has hosted the Women's Tour. 

Accompanying this announcement was the news that the British cycling team CAMS-Tifosi are the first participating team. 

This is their first season as an international team after they achieved Continental Team Status with cycling's governing body – UCI – for 2020.

They dominated the domestic competitions in 2019, claiming all three podium positions at the British Circuit Racing thanks to Rebecca Durrell, Gabby Shaw and former teammate Anna Henderson. 

The squad was also the overall winner in the Tour Series – the first time the team had achieved this feat.

Ahead of the Women's Tour the team has grown, welcoming Leicestershire sprinter Grace Garner, previous Women's Tour finisher Natalie Grinczer and Welsh Commonwealth cyclist Megan Barker to the peloton. The eleven-strong squad are all British.

Mick Bennett, the Women's Tour race director, said of their invitation: “We’re delighted to welcome CAMS-Tifosi to the Women’s Tour for the first time in 2020, with their invitation celebrating their progression and development as a team over recent seasons. I’m excited to see what their all-British line-up will achieve in what promises to be another action-packed edition of the UK’s leading women’s cycle race.”

The team manager for CAMS-Tifosi, Simon Howes said: “Inclusion in the Women’s Tour is a huge achievement for everyone involved in the team, especially in our first year of being a UCI-registered team. As an all-British team, it’ll be a terrific opportunity for us to showcase our riders’ potential and for the British public to show their support for us. Being on the start line will be a proud moment for racers, support staff and sponsors.”

The Women's Tour is still without a title partner following the end of a three-year deal with OVO Energy in 2019.

Other stages of this year's event are yet to be announced, but the multi-stage event will finish in Suffolk, the first time since 2014.

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