Tour de France: Meet the Harrogate man who will pass the finish line before Cavendish

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A Harrogate businessman is set to beat Mark Cavendish and the professional cyclists to the Tour de France finish line this Saturday, as he takes part in the power pelaton.

Just hours ahead of the formal Tour de France 15 dedicated cyclists including William Roberts will take on the route, raising £19,000 each for Marie Curie.

“I am excited for it, this is my hardest challenge to date.”

The 38-year-old only started to cycle four years ago and has been training hard for the challenge.

William will need to travel at an average speed of 18 mph over the 8,000ft of climbing and the 120miles distance, to complete the course The aim of the Power Peloton is to raise vital money to fund a Marie Curie Nurse for one year.

“I am thrilled to be taking part in the Marie Curie Power Peloton,” said Mr Roberts. “It is a wonderful charity, but also a huge challenge for me and the expectations will be high.

Not only is The Tour de France the world’s largest annual sporting event and over one million spectators are expected to be watching roadside between Leeds and Harrogate, but we must also complete the challenge ahead of the Tour de France riders, otherwise the organisers will ask us to withdraw on route... so no pressure!”

He added: “I hope everyone will be cheering us on, it will be a huge boost.”

On Tuesday night (July 1) Ogdens of Harrogate held a fundraising event ahead of the event.

Ben Ogden of Ogden of Harrogate said: “This is a great challenge for Will and we are hugely supportive of him taking part in such a memorable event, raising much-needed funds for a very worthy charity.”

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