The world’s best women’s cyclists whizzed through Bolton, Ramsbottom and Edgworth on Sunday for the final part of a history-making race.

They had been taking part in the first-ever Lloyds Bank tour of Britain Women, an epic challenge that took part over for stages from mid-Wales, before finally finishing in Leigh.

The final leg took in Lee Lane in Horwich, before the cyclists finished with a flat run toward Leigh where Ruby Roseman-Gannon was crowned as stage four winner.

The cyclists passing through EdgworthThe cyclists passing through Edgworth (Image: Henry Lisowski)

A statement from British Cycling said: “Named the first-ever European Capital of Cycling for 2024, Greater Manchester hosts the final start of the Tour of Britain Women.

“The anticlockwise route crosses the Ashton Canal, heading northeast to take in the towns of Shaw and Rochdale and two Queen of the Mountains segments.

Cyclists gathered from all over the worldCyclists gathered from all over the world (Image: Phil Taylor)

“A fast, flat run into Leigh sets the stage for a spectacular finish to the race where spectators witnessed history in action as the overall race winner was crowned.”

The thrilling race also took in the Rake at Ramsbottom as cyclists made their way towards Horwich and then on to Leigh.

The last leg of the epic race took place on SundayThe last leg of the epic race took place on Sunday (Image: Phil Taylor)

But this was only the last of a series of four stages that stared at Welshpool’s Broad Street in the heart of mid-Wales, where the opening stage featured 2,276m of climbing to endure.

The race’s second stage started and finished on Chester Street in Wrexham’s city centre taking in scenery in Denbighshire, West Cheshire and Chester.

The epic race passed through Ramsbottom and HorwichThe epic race passed through Ramsbottom and Horwich (Image: Phil Taylor)

The third stage started and finished in front of the golden gates of Warrington Town Hall, with the peloton immediately heading south.

They then crossed the River Mersey and Great Manchester Canal.

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Riders then passed Walton Hall and Gardens before continuing on through Cheshire West and the Chester villages of Higher Whitley, Great Budworth and Wincham.

At the conclusion of the race Lotte Kopecky emerged as Lloyds Bank Tour of Britain Champion after all four stages.

Lizzie Deignan was crowned winner of the stage four combativity award by popular vote.

She was also awarded the “Queen of the Mountains” accolade after three stages.