Tour de France-inspired L'Etape de London ride visits Uttlesford
PUBLISHED: 18:54 26 September 2017
Saffron Photo 2017
Both Saffron Walden and Thaxted were on the route when 3000 cyclists took part in the TP ICAP L'Etape cycling event through London and Essex.
On Sunday, September 24 there were routes of 49 miles, 92 miles and 117 miles available, as well as the women-only Cycletta wave, there was plenty of opportunity for riders of all abilities to get involved. The course followed many of the same roads as stage three of the 2014 Tour de France, with the start and finish taking place at the Lee Valley VeloPark.
Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 Tour de France helped start off the waves of cyclists, and joined riders on the route, to motivate them with stories from his days in the peloton. Andy also worked on a feed station to help fuel riders with Science in Sport energy gels, and popular alternative feed station food including focaccia and rosemary potatoes.
New for 2017, the London course featured three timed closed-road sprint sections, allowing cyclists to emulate the professionals. With green jerseys for the winners, Darren Knight took the Sprint Challenge men’s title, with Anneleen Bosma fastest woman.
All participants ended their ride with a sprint finish at the Lee Valley VeloPark with Andy Schleck going head-to-head with cyclists as they surged for the finish line.