Northamptonshire is celebrating following today's successful Women's Tour event.
A successful day
Stage one of the first-ever Women's Tour began with the Grand Depart in Oundle at 11am this morning (7th May) followed by an exciting stage finish in Northampton town centre just after 1.30pm.
Deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council Councillor Heather Smith said: "This has been a wonderful day and I'm so proud of everyone involved and all the people who have helped make this event such a success.
“The cyclists did a fantastic job and I would like to congratulate the stage one winner Emma Johansson. I’d also like to say a special well done to our local rider Hannah Barnes who had a great race today – achieving two jerseys - Best of British and Best Young Rider.
“A big thank you also to all of the volunteers and to everyone who turned out today to cheer on the cyclists. This is a significant day for women's cycling and I'm very pleased to see so many people lining the streets to cheer on the race.
"It's been a fantastic event and I hope that the memory of seeing these world-class athletes in Northamptonshire will inspire many of us to get more active and healthy too.”
The Women's Tour is created by SweetSpot, an event organiser and sports marketing company behind the organisation of The Tour of Britain.
Sweetspot is working with Northamptonshire County Council and The University of Northampton to bring the event to the county.