Canyon//SRAM’s line-up for this year’s OVO Energy Women’s Tour will include home favourites Alice and Hannah Barnes, who will be on local roads in Northamptonshire on Stage Two.

The leading UCI Women’s Team have today confirmed their first two riders for Britain’s leading women’s stage race, which begins in Framlingham, Suffolk, on Wednesday 13 June.

Hannah returns to the OVO Energy Women’s Tour a year after finishing third overall and winning the Adnams Best British Rider jersey; her result was the second highest finish by any British rider since our inaugural edition in 2014. The 25-year-old previously won the final stage of the 2015 event into Hemel Hempstead.

“I’m really excited for the OVO Energy Women’s Tour,” she said. “We get to have our family and friends out along the route supporting us, which doesn’t happen that often throughout the season.”

Younger sister Alice, who recently won a stage of the Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour in Germany, came sixth overall in the 2017 OVO Energy Women’s Tour. She finished in the top 10 on the first three stages, most notably coming second behind Chloe Hosking in Royal Leamington Spa.

Alice added: “The OVO Energy Women’s Tour is a really well organised event and the crowds are always amazing. I can’t wait for this year’s race!”

The siblings come from Towcester, which sits just a few kilometres north of where Stage Two (from Rushden to Daventry) will pass through on Thursday 14 June.

Canyon//SRAM’s full six-woman team for the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour will be unveiled in the coming days.

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