Tour de France-inspired L’Etape de London ride visits Uttlesford

PUBLISHED: 18:54 26 September 2017

Riders on the L'Etape de London take on the rolling hills around Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Riders on the L'Etape de London take on the rolling hills around Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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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.

Mending a puncture en route. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOMending a puncture en route. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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.

Riding through Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTORiding through Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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.

Riders on the L'Etape de London take on the rolling hills around Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTORiders on the L'Etape de London take on the rolling hills around Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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.

Riders on the L'Etape de London have a break - and mend a puncture - in Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTORiders on the L'Etape de London have a break - and mend a puncture - in Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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.

Riders on the L'Etape de London take on the rolling hills in Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTORiders on the L'Etape de London take on the rolling hills in Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Riding through Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTORiding through Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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