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Trois Etapes 2013 Cycling Pro-Am Gets Underway in French Alps

Trois Etapes 2013 Cycling Pro-Am Gets Underway in French Alps

– Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre amongst the pros taking part
– Event has raised over $3.2 million for charity in 12 months
– Pro-Am race consists of prologue and three mountain stages

Today [Friday 26th July), 120 cyclists will start the 2013 Trois Etapes Pro-Am cycling race, raising crucial funds for a variety of charitable causes.

The Trois Etapes provides a fundraising platform for 15 charity teams. Last year’s event raised $1.7 million for charity partners making it the largest pro-am charity cycling event of its kind and one of the largest in sport. In the last 12 months, the event has raised over $3.2 million for charity.

The event is designed to give riders the chance to experience team cycling under race conditions, with the full support that a pro would have in a Grand Tour; it includes a flat Prologue and three mountain stages.

The event is also designed to incentivise tactical team riding. Each team of 8 riders (7 amateurs and 1 pro) has its own team car and Directeur Sportif. Every rider has a radio link with their team car and the Race Director.

Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre is one of the pros taking part. He will be joined by 14 other team leaders, including former Garmin-Sharp riders Andreas Klier and Daniel Lloyd, World Champion Evelyn Stevens, Team MTN Qhubeka’s Songezo Jim, Gent–Wevelgem winner Lars Michaelsen, Round The World cyclist Mark Beaumont, Paracycling World Champion Colin Lynch and Madison-Gensis riders Joan Horrach and Liam Holohan.

The event’s back up and support crew includes Bobby Julich and Scott Sunderland, who are working as two of 15 Directeur Sportifs in radio contact with the riders.

The Tour de France style stages include:

PROLOGUE: Les Albiez
Distance: 9.5km

STAGE 1: Orelle – Col du Glandon – Orelle
General Classification: Col du Glandon
Distance: 20km
Climbing: 1,424m

ETAPE 2: Orelle – Col de l’Iseran – Orelle
General Classification: Col de l’Iseran
Distance: 56km
Climbing: 1,720m

ETAPE 3: Orelle – Col du Chaussy – Col de la Madeleine
General Classification: Col du Chaussy & Col de la Madeleine
Distance: 16km + 14km
Climbing: 953m + 1,126m
GC1: Hermillon – Col du Chaussy
GC2: Montoudras – Col de la Madeleine

The event has helped raise funds to have a positive impact on the lives of young people from North London to Rwanda, on communities from the Himalayas to Angola and from wounded British service personnel to the families of those battling Prostate Cancer.

Charities taking part in the event include SHINE, Anne Frank Trust, Right To Play, Walking With The Wounded, Shooting Star CHASE, Prostate Cancer UK, Empower, World Bicycle Relief, 1001 Fontaines, dZi Foundation, Qhubeka, Smilekers and FPDVS.

For more information about the Trois Etapes, please visit: https://www.troisetapes.org.

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