Today marks five years since the start of the first-ever OVO Energy Women’s Tour – what a ride it has been!

We’d like to thank all those world-class riders, the leading women’s teams, our partners and sponsors, everybody who has worked on the race and – of course – every single race fan who has supported the event either from the roadside or afar who has helped make the race what it is today.

People said it couldn’t be done: together we’ve all proved them wrong.

Five years in facts

  • Five different riders have won the five editions of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour since its inaugural 2014 race.
  • Coryn Rivera became the first non-European rider to win the race overall when she triumphed in the 2018 edition.
  • Marianne Vos has won the most stages of the race to date: four, three of which came in 2014. She is the only rider to win multiple stages in a single year.
  • Five different riders won stages in each of the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions.
  • Seven riders have won stages in more than one edition of the race: Marianne Vos (2014 & 2016); Lizzie Deignan (2015 & 2016); Jolien D’Hoore (2015, 2017 & 2018); Christine Majerus (2015 & 2016); Amy Pieters (2016 & 2017); Lotta Lepisto (2016 & 2018); Sarah Roy (2017 & 2018).
  • 15 different riders from 12 nationalities have won stages of the Women’s Tour – the most recent addition to the list being Amalie Dideriksen in Worcester in 2018 (stage four).
  • Eight riders have started all five editions of the Women’s Tour to date: 2015 champion Lisa Brennauer; podium finishers Hannah Barnes, Elisa Longo Borghini and Dani Rowe; Giorgia Bronzini, Gracie Elvin, Leah Kirchmann and Anouska Koster.
  • Since 2014 the Women’s Tour has covered 3064.1 kilometres of racing on British roads.

Remembering the 2018 race

  • 291,000 spectators along the route.
  • £12m total economic boost across the race.
  • Over 1,000 staff and volunteers worked on the event.
  • Over 2,500 hotel nights for staff, officials and riders during the race.
  • Approximately 1,500 VIP guests across the five stages.
  • Over 1.2m viewers on ITV4 per day during the race (excludes catch-up services)
  • 320,000 website visits to womenstour.co.uk during race week.
  • 2.8m tweet impressions during June 2018.
  • 2m video views of Women’s Tour content online between January and July 2018.
  • 250,000 downloads of the Cycling Podcast Féminin.
  • Over 150 schools engaged across the weekday stages, including 1,000 children supporting the race’s visit to Warwickshire.

The 2019 edition

Expanding to six stages for the first time in its history, the 2019 OVO Energy Women’s Tour will take place between Monday 10 – Saturday 15 June.

Upon leaving Suffolk, this year’s tour features the race’s first stages in Kent and Oxfordshire, a hill-top finish in Warwickshire and the hardest two days in race history in the Welsh counties of Powys and Carmarthenshire!

All in all, it’s the toughest OVO Energy Women’s Tour route in history. Roll on June!

2019 OVO Energy Women's Tour stages