British Cycling has confirmed the riders who will represent the Great Britain Cycling Team in the 2014 Friends Life Women’s Tour which takes place from 7-11 May.
Two-time junior road world champion Lucy Garner will be joined by current team pursuit world champion Katie Archibald and supported by a young group of riders mostly made up from British Cycling’s Olympic Academy Programme. Wales' Hayley Jones, Ciara Horne and Amy Hill along with Emily Kay will also be part of the Great Britain team.
Lucy Garner said: “I can’t wait to race in the UK, particularly around roads so close to my home. The route looks like it could suit me and it would be great to win a stage on home ground. I’m looking forward to wearing the Great Britain colours in front of a home crowd too – I think that will feel pretty special.”
Team manager and Head Coach at Welsh Cycling, Darren Tudor said: “I think the Friends Life Women’s Tour will be an interesting race for the Great Britain team that we’re entering. Lucy Garner is making a real impact on the professional women’s road scene and I think she could be in with a chance here, given the nature of the course.
“She will be supported by Katie Archibald who has enjoyed recent success on the track and in national road races, so I think she will be a great help to Lucy.
“In addition, we have selected four young riders who will benefit greatly from the experience of working for Lucy and I think they will learn a lot from racing against world-class riders such as Lizzie Armitstead, Marianne Vos and Emma Johansson. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to gain this experience in the UK.”
Great Britain Cycling Team for The Women's Tour