Women's Tour of Britain boost
The women's Tour of Britain has been included among the highest category of races for its launch in 2014.
SweetSpot Group, the Tour of Britain organisers, on Thursday announced the event has been awarded 2.1 status by the UCI, the sport's governing body.
The event will take place between Wednesday, May 7, and Sunday, May 11, 2014 with the opening stage being held in Northamptonshire.
SweetSpot director Guy Elliott said: "We are absolutely delighted that the UCI have awarded us 2.1 status for this exciting new event.
"Our first stage, including the Grand Depart, will be based entirely in Northamptonshire, which is a fantastic county for racing."
Exact details of the route, and start and finish locations, will be announced in due course.