At the time of writing not all the teams have announced their line up yet, so of course there is a bit of guessing as to what is going on but this is what we reckon so far.
British riders to keep a look out for
I would say Dame Sarah Storey, when she picks her moment to strike then she will be more than a force to reckon with great for solo breaks as shown in winning Cheshire Classic, Peterborough Round of Tour Series and a recent breakaway in the Women’s Tour of California when she only got swept up on the final climb.
Dani King is on super form at the moment. She’s determined to make her way back to the Olympic Team Pursuit squad to Rio. She knows that if that doesn’t happen then certainly success on the road will be an option.
Lizzie Armistead and the Doels Boelmans team are coming over with a purpose. Lizzie is currently leading the World Cup series after her recent win in Philly.
United Health Care are bringing over a strong team. Hannah Barnes has a great sprint. Sharon Laws for Team Bigla is over; a brilliant climber possibly more suited to the high mountains but will still be able to cause damage on anything with a rise – a potential bet for the Queen of the Mountains jersey.
Laura Trott is also riding for Matrix so don’t discount her as she certainly knows how to find her way around the bunch.
Other riders to watch
Georgia Bronzini could take a few wins if it comes down to a bunch sprint. Lucy Garner from Liv-Plantur will also be keen to challenge for a podium place.
With Marianne Vos concentrating on getting back to form after illness and injury, the Rabo Liv have World Champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot (subject to a health check after recent injury), Roxanne Knetnmann and Anna Knauer will be other strong riders to keep a watch for.
Orica AIS also field a strong team with Emma Johannson going for sprints and Velocio SRAM with Lisa Brennaeur, the 2014 World Time Trial Champion.
It really promises to be an exciting race and with womens pro cycling on the up it’s great to see so many British riders on the start sheet!
Official startlist is announced later today. We’ll update this blog as and when it happens. Stay tuned!