The women’s Tour of Britain is set to attract top cyclists after being given the same standing as the men’s race.

World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, offers given the event 2 . 1 standing for its launch in 2014.

The particular race, to be staged over five days in May, will be separate towards the men’s event held in September.

“We are absolutely delighted that the UCI have awarded us 2 . 1 status for this exciting new event, ” said Guy Elliott, director of event organisers SweetSpot.

The UCI grades all in a number of and women’s stage races — any event that takes place over several days – in 4 categories: WT, 2 . HC, 2 . 1 and 2 . 2 .

WT, which stands for World Tour, contains the sport’s most prestigious contests, such as the Tour de France.

The 2. 1 category is the third rate overall, below 2 . HC. Yet giving the Tour of Britain 2 . 1 status ranks this among the highest-rated women’s races, meaning it will be able to attract top cyclists.

Plans for a women’s race
were confirmed in July. The event will take place between Wednesday, 7 May and Sunday, 11 May next year, with the opening stage to become held in Northamptonshire.

Exact details of the route, and start and finish areas, have yet to be announced.