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  With the only women's grand tour going on the Tour de Feminin - O cenu Ceskeho Svycarska should not be forgotten. All the big teams have their focus on the Giro Rosa but Tibco is over from the United States and a number of the smaller UCI teams are here along with quite a few club teams.

2014 Results

1 Brianna WALLE
2 Martina SABLIKOVA +50
3 Vera KOEDOODER +1:10
4 Amy CHARITY +1:25
5 Ingrid LORVIK +1:57
6 Henriette WOERING +2:52
7 Mirthe WAGENAAR +3:12
8 Alexandra NESSMAR +3:41
9 Roos HOOGEBOOM +4:11
10 Abigail MICKEY +4:23

Stage 1 Ingrid LORVIK
Stage 2 Iris VAN DER STELT
Stage 3 Martina SABLIKOVA
Stage 4 Winanda SPOOR
Stage 5 Brianna WALLE

Past Winners

2014 - Brianna Walle
2013 - Amy Cure
2012 - Larisa Pankova
2011 - Amanda Spratt
2010 - Trixi Worrack
2009 - Alexandra Burchenkova
2008 - Angela Brodtka-Hennig
2007 - Hanka Kupfernagel
2006 - Theresa Senff
2005 - Tina Liebig
2004 - Trixi Worrack
2003 - Valentyna Karpenko

The Route

Stage 1 Krasna Lipa - Krasna Lipa (118.7km)

Stage 2 Jirikov - Jirikov (91km)

Stage 3 Krasna Lipa ITT (14.6km)

Stage 4 Rumburk - Rumburk (71.6km)

Stage 5 Varnsdorf - Krasna Lipa (98.5km)

The Contenders

Start list available here

Lauren Stephens

Has been the dominant rider in the American UCI stage races this year. Won the time trial at the Tour Femenino de San Luis and finished second overall, won both the time trial and overall at Joe Martin Stage Race, again won the time trial before finishing third overall at the Tour of the Gila. Second in the Tour of California Time Trial, 4th at the US National Championship and 5th Chrono de Gatineau before putting in a solid ride at the Women's Tour. The favourite to take the time trial and is backed by the strongest team in the race and shouldn't have any trouble on the climbs. Short of any bad luck Stephens is the name to watch for the overall.

Martina Ritter

Ritter has twice finished third overall here in 2012 and 2013. After riding the Giro Rosa last year Ritter returns and will be looking to finally find the top step of the podium. Time trial and road race Champion of Austria has had a consistent season with 12th overall at Gracia Orlova and sixth at Auensteiner- Radsporttage. A strong time trialist who will be one to watch in the ITT but also handles undulating terrain well.

Rebecca Mackey

A name those in Europe might not be familiar with but Mackey is the reigning Australian and Oceania under 23 time trial Champion. Mackey also finished fourth in the elite time trial at the Australian National Championships in January and is a rising star of Australian cycling. Mackey can handle undulating roads reasonably well. Will be one of the top favourites for the time trial and should gain quite a bit of time there. If she can follow any dangerous moves on the road stages could contend for the overall.

Janneke Ensing

After four years on what is now the Boels Dolmans squad Ensing moved to the smaller Parkhotel Valkenburg team this year but has been producing consistent results. Finished 2nd at Gent-Wevelgem with three other top 10 finishes in one day races. In stage races has been 16th Energiewacht Tour, 11th Festival Luxembourgeois Elsy Jacobs but more recently fourth at Auensteiner-Radsporttage. The field here is not quite as strong as at Auensteiner-Radsporttage and if she can limit her losses in the time trial should be able to regain some time and challenge for the overall win.

Lucy Coldwell

Coldwell finished fourth at the British Time Trial Championship last month and spends a lot of time racing the Australian National Road Series. Won the Mersey Valley Tour this year off the back of a strong time trial and then winning one of the two hilly road stages. If she is on the form she had at the British Championships will be contending for the overall win.

Paulina Brzezna

Brzezna has twice finished in the top 10 overall in 2011 and 2013 and won the opening stage two years ago. A strong rider especially on undulating terrain as we see in the road stages. The 14.6km time trial is the problem for her and she is likely to lose time on a number of the other contenders.

Joanne Hogan

After joining Tibco for 2015 Hogan has spent the first half of the year racing in America with a number of top 20 finishes. Hogan returns to Europe for a race she finished 10th in 2012. A strong all rounder who can handle the climbs and put in a solid time trial is a strong candidate for a top 10.

Tatiana Antoshina

Russian time trial champion Tatiana Antoshina is riding with the Russian National Team but is not one who should be discounted. Very strong against the clock and will be looking to take advantage of the individual time trial. A former top 10 finisher at the Giro Rosa and the climbs are likely to see her on the attack.

Other names to watch: Kendall Ryan, Rozanne Slik, Monique van de Ree, Jarmila Machacova, Anabelle Dreville, Alexandra Nessmar and Hanka Kupfernagel.
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