Women's Cycle Tour 2014
Welwyn Garden City 10 May 2014
Nicholas Blatchley, Caroline Churton, Jennifer Ayto & Geoff Cordingley
The fourth day of the Women’s Tour started sedately in Cheshunt and ended with a charge down Parkway in Welwyn Garden City. Marianna Vos, the Dutch, Rabo-Liv rider won the sprint finish to take her second stage win and confirm her place as the race leader. She won the next stage from Harwich to Bury St. Edmund’s as well and was crowned the winner of the race.
The fourth stage started in Cheshunt as this is the home town of the British cyclist, Laura Trott, 20. Laura is the reigning Omnium Olympic Champion as well as being a member of the winning Pursuit Team in the Olympics. She started the day by opening a leisure centre named in her honour and finished in Welwyn Garden City crossing the line with her older sister, Emma, 24, who has announced her retirement from cycling.
The cyclists were impressed by the crowds lining the streets during the race. They felt like they were being treated as proper professionals for the first time in their biking careers. Cari Higgins, US United Healthcare team is quoted as saying, “I’ve seen more fans in the last few days than in all my bike racing career.”
Our photographers were stationed in Hoddesdon, Wadesmill and Welwyn Garden City. Click on a photograph to see a larger image.