2007 winner Jerone Walters with Stephen Roche and James Cracknell

Following the much talked about rides of ‘King of the Classics’ Sean Kelly and triple Tour of Flanders winner Johan Museeuw in 2007, the London-Paris Cycle Tour is set to welcome a new wave of star riders to the event for 2008.

Exactly 21 years after his legendary triple crown of Giro d’Italia, World Championship and Tour de France victories, Irish superstar Stephen Roche will once again lead the peloton into Paris, this time with the London-Paris Cycle Tour.

In 1987 Roche became only the 2nd rider in history, after the great Belgian Eddy Merckx, to achieve this stunning treble in a single season. The Dubliner was also a winner of the Paris-Nice, Tour of Romandie and Criterium International during his long and illustrious career. While Stephen can now be regularly seen as a studio expert with British Eurosport for the Grand Tours, his son Nicholas continues in the family tradition as a professional and racing with ProTour squad, Credit Agricole.

Joining Roche will be double Olympic rowing gold medallist and six-times world rowing champion James Cracknell, who recently revealed his cycling ability with a 1400 mile ride from Dover to Tarifa in Spain in aid of Sport Relief.

The London-Paris Cycle Tour will take place between June 26th–29th 2008. For further information visit the London-Paris Cycle Tour website at www.londres-paris.com.