The inaugural Women's Tour starts from Oundle in Northamptonshire and will mainly take place along the East Midlands and East Anglia, before ending the four day event in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Highlighting the importance of the event, the Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos showed her gratitude and excitement as the event promises to draw mass audiences like the London Olympics in 2012. She added that the populace in Great Britain has a special esteem for the sport and with such awe-inspiring spectators the race will surely be a fantastic affair.
As the 2014 Women’s Tour embarked on 7th May in Great Britain, the Dutch cyclo-cross bicycle racer Marianne Vos perceived it as a landmark event. In an interview with BBC, Vos expressed her enthusiasm for the experience and described it as her dream. She said it was my dream to drive the women’s cycling to a higher level and the familiarity of such event with big organizations makes her feel pleased.
Termed as the finest cyclist of this generation, Vos is repeatedly compared with the legendary names like Eddy Merckx. Being the UCI Women’s Road Cup winner for five times in six years, Marianne considers the tour as an important milestone that corresponds to the impressive pace with which women cycling is progressing. Moreover, she portrayed the tour as important event on this year’s calendar and will be huge success that will certainly provide women cyclists with an experience of a lifetime.
Analyzing the tour as a vital sign of progress, Marianne said that the event will be a new chapter for women cycling, Accompanying her was the English cyclist Emma Pooley who is a former British Road Race and an active member of Le Tour that focuses on promoting such events to provide better opportunities and equality for women. Lizzie Armitstead, who has won a total of five medals at the UCI will certainly be the hometown favorite for the event. However, weighing upon the importance of the event, Lizzie said that the event is a resultant of some great efforts from Marianne and Emma. Besides this, Lizzie classed the two cyclists as powerful women and expected to work together to take women's cycling to the next level.