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London-Paris Cycle Tour

The LONDON-PARIS CYCLE TOUR today announced that it would be introducing for the first time rolling road closures in France for the 2006 Tour.

This is a unique, multi-stage, 600km “Tour de France” style endurance event for amateur and cyclosportive riders. The event attracts riders from all over the world and is known for its friendly, sociable atmosphere. The Tour includes support vehicles, staff and mechanics allowing riders to concentrate on the cycling. This year the Tour takes place from 29 June- 2 July 2006, and follows a route from London to Portsmouth, overnight ferry to St Malo, St Malo to Alencon and Alencon to Versailles.

The rolling road closures will make a significant impact to the rider experience and will be as close to the “real thing” as enjoyed by the Tour de France riders. The LONDON-PARIS CYCLE TOUR (L2P) is based on Le Tour, and has enjoyed tremendous global success and recognition for the discerning cyclist.

The timing of this announcement is made together with the appointment of Matt Taylor as the Event Director. Matt brings many years of professional expertise to the L2P having been instrumental in growing the Royal British Legion ride over the past 5 years.

Matt commented, “This is the most exciting project in cycling and I am honoured to be involved. I have been impressed with the passion and professionalism. This is truly a new level of intensity and experience for the amateur road cyclist and a testament to our professional team.”

Matt will be assisted by Alain Cordier, Commissaire for the L2P. Alain will be managing the rolling road closures for the two French stages of the L2P. Alain has been very actively involved in managing stages of the Tour de France and Tour of Dunkirk. “Each group will have a chance to ride with a full compliment of motorcycles and lead cars. This will be no different to the way we treat the professional peloton.”

“The objective is to start testing ideas that we will be implementing as the L2P grows significantly for 2007. We feel that Œrider experience‚ and safety are our two most important criteria. These things require a great deal of organization and this is a huge step towards achieving our goal of providing riders with the full TdF‚ like experience.” added Sven Thiele, founder and Chairman of the LONDON-PARIS CYCLE TOUR.

Anthony Shippard holder of the 2005 Leaders Jersey, and ex-GB Triathlete commented, “I am absolutely overwhelmed by this bonus! It will truly enhance an already brilliant experience.”

Matt Stephens, ex Giro D‚italia Pro and Premier Calendar rider said “This will be my first LONDON-PARIS CYCLE TOUR, and I am already enjoying it before having started! The rolling road closures will make a great impact on the riders (and my) experience! I am impressed that such a young event has managed to achieve this”.

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