Cyclists take on gruelling Tour de France style race for Friendship Works

A team of cyclists will be taking on three stages of the Tour De France in a gruelling challenge through the Alps alongside 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre. The event, called Trois Étapes, takes place from 29 to 31 July and is hoping to raise £250,000 for Friendship Works, the UK Partner Charity of the London Stock Exchange Group.

Rider Chris Milner said: “A few of us have been training in the Alps in preparation and, although we know it will be extremely tough, we’re all very excited about the idea of racing with a Tour de France winner on these iconic climbs. That said, raising funds and awareness for such a worthy cause is what this event is really about and that keeps us all focused beyond the riding.”

Richard Turner, Friendship Works CEO, said: “As a mentoring charity, we pair up disadvantaged children with reliable role models who can give them positive life-experiences. The children we work with face a range of difficulties, including problems at home such as severe financial hardship, parents with mental or physical health problems, domestic violence, alcohol or drug misuse. We believe the quality of adult relationships in a child’s life has a profound impact on their development into adulthood and journey through life – but pairing youngsters up with the right mentors takes time and expertise, which of course costs money. We’re immensely grateful for the challenge the Trois Étapes team is taking on for Friendship Works.”

2008 Tour de France winner, Carlos Sastre, will be heading up the riders taking part in the event and this will be the first time he has returned to Alpe D’Huez since his win and securing the yellow jersey there in 2008. You’ll be able to watch it all on Eurosport who will be broadcasting Trois Étapes on Sunday August 19 at 17.45 GMT.

Best of luck to all our riders!