Women's Tour announces virtual race on RGT Platform
May 31 2020 11:04 pm CET

Women's Tour announces virtual race on RGT Platform
Women's Tour announces virtual race on RGT Platform
The Women's Tour

The Women's Tour has announced a virtual competition thanks to long term partners Skoda and in support of charities Breast Cancer Now and Mind.

Between the 17th and the 19th of June, riders and teams from all over the world will take part in the virtual race on the RGT Cycling platform, thanks to a partnership with the Women's Tour organisers SweetSpot. The event is called "V-Series" and is the virtual edition of the British race.

The three stages will be broadcast live and streamed online in a variety of platforms from 20:00 CET and will feature some of the world's biggest women's teams including Bigla Katusha, Bizkaia Durango, Boels Dolmans Cycling Team, CAMS Tifosi, Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling, Drops, FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, Great Britain, Hitec Products Birk Sport, Lotto Soudal Ladies, Rally Cycling, Storey Racing, Team Breeze, Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank, and Trek-Segafredo.

The public can also ride the three routes with a suggested donation of £5 to raise money for Breast Cancer Now and Mind. "I am delighted that we have been able to ensure that the Women's Tour continues to go ahead in 2020, bringing exciting live sport to everyone at a time when it is needed most," said Lisa Kirkbright, Communications Manager at Skoda UK.

"Skoda is passionate about supporting the next generation of elite cyclists so it is fantastic that the first event of this Virtual Series replaces the postponed Women's Tour, which has long been the most globally recognised event of the UCI Women's WorldTour. I am excited to see how this innovative and new approach to cycling will inspire future generations to get on their bikes."

Organisers have chosen two classic stages from the past six editions of the Women's Tour for this competition: the first one will be the final 38.4 kilometres of the 2014 stage to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, won by Marianne Vos in a final sprint. The second will replicate the finishing circuit from the 2019's uphill finish at Burton Dassett in Warwickshire -won last June by Kasia Niewiadoma- and that will feature three ascents of the 1.7-kilometre climb that averages 4.9% and will be 35.7 kilometres long.

The final stage will take place around 35-laps of the world-famous business district of Canary Wharf, London that is one of RGT Cycling's ultra-realistic Real Roads. Riders will race on the one kilometre circuit that featured in a number of editions of the Tour Series, ensuring a fast paced finale to the inaugural Skoda V-Series Women's Tour.

"We have been working with RGT Cycling since 2019 to develop a virtual version of one of our events to bring the race and athletes to a new audience, and as one of the jewels in the crown of SweetSpot's portfolio of events it is great that the Women's Tour has become the first with which we can do that," said Jonathan Durling, Partnerships Director for organisers SweetSpot.

"As soon as the Covid-19 situation hit and we were forced to postpone the Women's Tour in March, we accelerated those plans and have worked tirelessly as a team to bring the inaugural ŠKODA V-SERIES Women's Tour to fruition. eSports are an important and growing area of both the sporting landscape and in the arena of professional cycling and we look forward to bringing our event to screens around the world on 17 June."

Each team will have one rider in each of the days and the races will be broadcast via the Women's Tour website and YouTube channel, as well as the We Love Cycling YouTube channel.

The 2020 edition of the Women's Tour was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the organisers already announced the dates for 2021, from Monday, June 7 to Saturday, June 12, and awaits the confirmation from the UCI.
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