With less than a week to go until the international women's peloton tackle the biggest stage race on British soil, we help you swot up on where and when all the action will take place.

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Aviva Women's Tour Vital Statistics

When: Wednesday 15 June - Sunday 19 June 2016
Where: Great Britain
Overall Distance: 616km
Overall Climbing: 24,934 feet
Number of riders: 16 teams made up of 6 riders each

Who is racing?

16 teams will compete in the Aviva Women's Tour for 2016. Each team is made up of 6 riders, so the field will be 96 riders strong.

2016 saw the introduction of a WorldTour on the women’s road racing calendar. Replacing the World Cup, which consisted of 10 one-day races, the WorldTour has been developed to broaden the scope of professional women’s cycling and will include an exciting mix of events, both one-day and stage races.

Due to the Aviva Women’s Tour boasting this new WorldTour status, you can expect to see the strongest field of riders in its three year history.

Confirmed riders include multiple world champion Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) who won the 2014 edition, defending champion Lisa Brennauer (Canyon/SRAM) and our very own Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans), who although admits her focus is on the Rio Olympics, may use the home crowd to her advantage.

On the domestic front, the newly formed Drops Cycling Team will be making their Aviva Women's Tour debut, so you'll be able to see some homegrown talent racing.

Where are they racing?

The third edition of the Women’s Tour takes place from June 15-19, getting underway from Southwold, Suffolk, and finishing in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

To minimise transfers between each of the stages, the focus of the event is in the heart of England.

Listening to feedback from riders of previous editions, SweetSpot - organisers of The Women's Tour - have ensured the 2016 five-stage route is significantly tougher. So, once the first stage is completed, riders will need to have their climbing legs at the ready.

Wednesday 15 June
Stage One: Southwold to Norwich
Distance: 132km
Ascent: 2913 feet

Thursday 16 June
Stage Two: Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon
Distance: 140km
Ascent: 5650 feet

Friday 17 June
Stage Three: Ashbourne to Chesterfield
Distance: 112km
Ascent: 6558 feet

Saturday 18 June
Stage Four: Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent
Distance: 119km
Ascent: 5944 feet

Sunday 19 June
Stage Five: Northampton to Kettering
Distance: 133km
Ascent: 4868 feet

What's up for grabs?

Riders will be gunning for five leaders’ jerseys in the Aviva Women’s Tour. At the end of each stage, the rider leading each of the competition’s classifications will be awarded the relevant jersey.

  1. The Aviva Yellow Jersey This jersey is awarded to the rider who leads the overall race. Everyone wants to don this jersey.

  2. Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey This jersey is awarded to the race's best sprinter. Each of the five stages will offer riders the chance to battle for bonus points at two intermediate sprints. Points are awarded to the first 15 riders across the sprints finish line. First past the post gets 15, then all the way down to 1. Whoever accumulates the most points at the end of each day, and throughout the race, dons the jersey.

  3. Strava Queen of the Mountains Jersey This jersey is awarded to the race's best climber. Similarly to the sprinter's jersey, each stage will offer points at two designated 'Mountain' climbs. This time, it's the first 6 riders across the summit who will receive points, from 6 down to 1. The rider who accumulates the most posts wears the jersey.

  4. Premier Inn Best British Rider Jersey One for the homegrown talent among the peloton, this jersey is awarded to leading British rider on General Classification, essentially a Yellow Jersey just for the Brits.

  5. Adnams Best Young Rider Jersey This jersey is battled for among the Under-23 riders. The white jersey will be worn by the leading Under-23 rider who leads on General Classification.

Riders will also be seeking glory by winning each of the individual stages, so there are lots of opportunities for the 96 riders to be victorious.

How to watch

The best way to watch all of the action from the Women's Tour is to line the streets along the route, soaking in the atmosphere and cheering on the riders.

If that's not possible, daily highlights will be screened on ITV4. Presented by Ned Boulting and Helen Wyman, who has raced the last two editions of the Women's Tour, so will be able to offer some insightful commentary.

ITV4 Aviva Women's Tour Broadcast Schedule:

Stage One: Southwold to Norwich
Wednesday 15 June, 21:00
Thursday 16 June, 12:40

Stage Two: Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon
Thursday 16 June, 21:00
Friday 17 June, 12:35

Stage Three: Ashbourne to Chesterfield
Friday 17 June, 22:30
Saturday 18 June, 12:00

Stage Four: Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent
Saturday 18 June, 22:30
Sunday 19 June, 08:55

Stage Five: Northampton to Kettering
Sunday 19 June, 22:30
Monday 20 June, 12:40

If you're looking for more coverage, take a look at YouTube channel of The Tour.

We also recommend following the action on Twitter, either by the official @thewomenstour account or with the hashtag #AvivaWT2016.

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