Guest appearance by Tour de France winner at 2018 TP ICAP L’Etape London

As Le Tour de France heads into Spain, organisers of TP ICAP L’Etape London are delighted to announce a guest appearance at the event by 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre. Taking place on Sunday 23 September, the official UK Tour de France sportive offers cyclists the chance to experience their very own slice of Le Tour magic in the Capital.

On the day at TP ICAP L’Etape London by Le Tour de France, Carlos Sastre will be meeting riders before they start, giving advice at one of the feed stations and on route, and handing out medals to those who complete the ride. Cyclists can also grab a photo with Carlos on the Tour de France style-podium in the event village.

With three distance options available (185.5km, 147km and 79km), TP ICAP L’Etape London is an ideal challenge for cyclists of all levels of experience. Departing from Lee Valley VeloPark in East London, the scenic open-road route takes in much of Stage Three of the 2014 Grand Depart.

The route features two timed, closed-road sprint sections, allowing cyclists to emulate the professionals by charging for the line and seeing how their compare against their rivals. All participants will then have the opportunity to end their ride with a sprint finish 1km section at the VeloPark, with Carlos Sastre adding his name to the list of Tour de France champions on the leaderboard. Official Le Tour de France green jerseys will be up for grabs for the fastest sprinters, with all riders receiving a bespoke finishers medal as they cross the line.

To add to the authentic Le Tour de France atmosphere the famous red Skodas will be on display, along with moto marshalls, Tour de France style rider numbers, signage and a Tour de France museum with classic memorabilia and virtual reality experiences. Frequent feed stations as well as free cheese and wine at the finish line will keep cyclists going during and after their ride, creating a memorable experience unavailable at any other sportive in the UK.

A limited number of places are still available to join Carlos Sastre this September. Secure your entry now at www.letapeuk.co.uk/london.