WREXHAM will play host to a key stage of the Women’s Tour cycle race this year as the UCI Women’s WorldTour event comes to town for the first time.

Over 100 of the world’s top riders will race through the heart of mid Wales from Wrexham to Welshpool on stage four (Thursday, June 9).

A day later, they will face a gruelling uphill finish at Black Mountain in Carmarthenshire (Friday, June 10).

Thanks to in principle support from the Welsh Government, who have twice before backed stages of the race in 2018 and 2019, both Wrexham and Welshpool will feature in the UK’s most prestigious women’s race for the first occasion.

Wrexham last hosted elite cycling when the opening stage of the men’s Tour of Britain finished in the town in 2015, with this year’s stage set to play a part in supporting Wrexham’s bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2025.

Chief Executive of Wrexham Council Ian Bancroft said: “Wrexham is delighted to have been chosen to host part of this prestigious cycling tour.

“As finalists in the UK City of Culture 2025 competition there is a real buzz in the county, so I’m sure we’ll be out in big numbers to support this fantastic spectacle.”

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PIC: Action from a previous Women's Tour. Picture by Tour of Britain.

Stage four will start from the heart of Wrexham on Chester Street before skirting the English – Welsh border, passing through Ruabon and travelling alongside the Chirk Aqueduct and close to Chirk Castle, before entering Powys at Rhydycroesau.

The 148-kilometre (92-mile) route will take in an unforgettable, anti-clockwise loop of the Lake Vyrnwy reservoir near Llanwddyn as it winds its way towards the finish line a short distance away from the River Severn in the heart of Welshpool on Broad Street.

A day later and riders will be faced with another stern Welsh test, this time in Carmarthenshire, which has become a regular feature on the routes of the men’s Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour since 2018.

The Women’s Tour will feature all 14 of the top division UCI Women’s WorldTeams, with 18 teams and 108 riders competing in the race, marking the biggest field in the eight-year history of the race.