Marta Cavalli is among the starters at the inaugural Itzulia Women’s race ©Getty Images

The Itzulia Women’s race is set to take place for the first time with a challenging three stage event in the Basque Country.

The race had been scheduled to debut on the International Cycling Union (UCI) Women’s WorldTour circuit last year.

Organisers were forced to cancel the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The race is the women’s equivalent of the men’s Tour of the Basque Country.

"This first edition of the Itzulia Women will feature the best teams and riders from the international peloton," said Julián Eraso, President of the race organisation.

"We are extremely happy with the fantastic reception and expectation concerning the race among the teams, riders as fans.

“We hope to see the route as full with fans and passion as during the men’s race.

"It’s a tough course and the riders will need all the support they can get to win the first txapela of the Itzulia Women."

The race is due to begin with a 105.9-kilometre mountainous stage from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Labastida tomorrow.

The second stage is expected to start and conclude in Mallabia, with the 117.9km route due to finish with an uphill finish.

The race is due to finish with a 139.8km stage in Donostia-San Sebastián.

Marta Cavalli will be among the starters at the race, with the Italian seeking to add to two wins on the UCI Women’s WorldTour circuit this season.

Cavalli has triumphed at the Amstel Gold Race and Fleche Wallonne one-day races and will seek success at the first stage race this year.

The Netherlands’ Demi Vollering will feature in the SD Worx squad, which also includes South Africa’s Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio.