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Lizzie in landmark race

Lizzie in landmark race

Published at 4:08pm 23rd March 2016. (Updated at 5:46pm 23rd March 2016)

Otley's very own world champion cyclist, Lizzie Armitstead, is going to compete in the Women's Tour de Yorkshire.

The one-day event will become the most lucrative race in women's cycling, with more money on offer than in the men's race.

It's offering prizes worth over £50,000 and the winner will claim £15,000.

Lizzie, who currently tops the women's world rankings after a series of impressive wins, said: "The Tour de Yorkshire women's race will be my first race in the UK in my world champion's jersey and it's an absolute dream to be starting in my home town."

The race, from Otley to Doncaster on Saturday 30 April, is going to be broadcast live on ITV4 and Eurosport.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "Today is a hugely significant milestone for women's racing.

"We've come good on our promise to expand the women's race, and rather than rest at bringing parity in terms of the men's route, we've gone further to offer the world's most lucrative prize fund.

"Together with our sponsors, we're bringing women's racing the respect it deserves, and I can think of no better way to start our race in Otley than with our very own world champion on the start line."