After an 842-day hiatus, the AJ Bell Women’s Tour returns on Monday with a Grand Départ in Oxfordshire.

The 147.7-kilometre stage runs between the historic market towns of Bicester and Banbury, with the finish line located within sight of the world-famous Banbury Cross.

Among those set to race in Oxfordshire are Lizzie Deignan (Trek – Segafredo), winner of the inaugural Paris – Roubaix on Saturday, and newly-crowned world road race champion Elisa Balsamo (Valcar – Travel & Service).

Discover Bicester and Banbury on our stage one hub page.

Stage map and profile

Timetable and key spectator information

Stage one begins in the centre of Bicester at 11am, with the finish in Banbury scheduled to take place at 3:08pm. Click here to view the full timetable.

Anybody attending stage one of the AJ Bell Women’s Tour in Oxfordshire can use our spectator guides to help plan their day.

Bicester stage start guide // Banbury stage finish guide

ITV4 schedule

Highlights of stage one will be shown on ITV4 at 9pm on Monday.

Coverage will also be available on Eurosport and GCN +.

How to follow stage one

Follow us on Twitter – @thewomenstour – for updates, videos and behind-the-scenes exclusives.

ProCyclingStats will have a live data feed from stage one, featuring race updates, standings, photographs and statistics.

Presented by Brother UK, we’ll have the results from each stage available within minutes of the finish.

The jerseys

As this is stage one of the 2021 race, the four PEARL iZUMi leaders’ jerseys will first be seen when they’re presented in Banbury after the finish.

 AJ Bell leader’s jersey: awarded to the rider who has completed the race in the shortest time after each stage.

 Sigma Sports points jersey: awarded to the most consistent finisher across the race’s five road stages.

SKODA King of the Mountains jersey: awarded to the rider who scores the most points on the race’s categorised climbs.

Eisberg sprints jersey: awarded to the rider who scores the most points at the race’s daily sprint primes.