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Stage One of The London-Paris 2013 gets off to a strong start

HotChillee, London, 20th June 2013 – At 06:00 this morning, 400 riders and 260 crew rolled out of South West London for the challenge of their lifetime. The tenth edition of The London-Paris started in high spirits with a mix of riders participating, from pros to world champions to inspirational amateur riders wanting to push their physical and mental limits. The riders set off under grey skies, but in warm conditions to tackle the 161km route with a total ascent of 1419m.

Six self-contained pelotons, each complete with lead cars, mechanics, support crew and motorbike outriders weaved through the British leg of The London-Paris, taking them through some beautiful countryside and villages, including the Ashdown Forest. The 1km Timed Sprint Section arrived 40kms in. Due to a small route error, Groups One and Two (the fastest riders) took a detour, missing the Timed Sprint Section for the ICAP Green Jersey. The ICAP Sprinter’s Jersey will be awarded tomorrow to the fastest rider in Group Three.

A few kilometres later came the Purple Harry water stop, allowing riders a quick rest before it was onto some climbing and at 76kms into the stage, the Timed Climb Section saw riders test their legs to the limits over 1.4kms. An exciting race in Group One saw pro Marcin Bialoblocki from Team UK Youth cross the line in first, Madison Genesis’ Dean Downing in second and HotChillee’s Development Rider, Nicholas Dlamini, cycling with Wattbike, in third. Tomorrow Nicholas Dlamini will start in the ICAP Amateur Red Jersey and Marcin Bialoblocki in the ICAP Pro Red Jersey.

Once at the summit it was a quick stop to regroup into the peloton and then onwards to lunch in Lamberhurst. Straight out of lunch there was a punchy climb to remind riders why they were there. Onwards for 30kms and the final test of the day came in the form of the 4km GC Timed Section. Marcin Bialoblocki started strong, but was quickly overtaken by Stephen Roche, who held his position until Madison Genesis’ Dean Downing pulled into first, with Team UK Youth’s Greg Mansell and Bialoblocki chasing him down. Bialoblocki managed to get into first position and crossed the line to take the ICAP Pro Yellow Jersey, followed closely by Dean Downing and Greg Mansell, who started The London-Paris 2013 in the Yellow Jersey having won in 2012.

In the amateur racing category, Jimmy Wilson from Team Cyclosure took the win and will start Stage Two in the ICAP Yellow Jersey. Adventure HQ goes into tomorrow’s stage as the Best Team. The full results can be found here.

Tomorrow’s Stage takes riders 170km from Calais to Amiens with a total ascent of 1256m.

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