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Following a thrilling stage three in the 2022 Women’s Tour, elite-level cycling once again returns to Gloucestershire. Tewkesbury and Gloucester will once again provide the start and finish points in a race that will see the riders battle it out through the Cotswolds, giving fans at the start-line ample time to travel the short distance to the finish in Gloucester Docks and catch the climax of stage six.
Lorena Wiebes riding to victory in Gloucester during stage three of the Women's Tour, 2022 / Image: SWPix
What is the route?
Heading south out of Tewkesbury and along Gloucester Road, the peloton will ride east, towards the Cotswolds and a hilly first half of stage six. Rolling past Sudeley Castle, the riders hit their first climb just 20km into the race, a category two ascent to Round Hill. Heading west to Andoversford, the riders then lurch southwards their second mountain stage within the opening 50km, a category three climb up Withington Hill. The descent then leads the riders on the fast route down to Cirencester, where the peloton hit the first sprint stage near the Royal Agricultural University.
The riders then continue westwards through the Cotswolds before heading south in a loop that passes through Tetbury, Horton and Yate before the second sprint stage at Rangeworthy. The final 50km promises to be a thrilling chase through South Gloucestershire, including another sprint stage through Dursley, before the final climb at Crawley Hill. After flying through Stroud, the peloton then descend into a dash to Gloucester Docks in what could be a real Tour classic.
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