Tour star joins rac­ing

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

A FOUR-TIME Tour de France stage win­ner and a man who has con­quered some of the world’s high­est peaks will start in the 2017 Croc­o­dile Tro­phy to­day.

The eight-day moun­tain bike stage race be­gins with a stage at Smith­field Moun­tain Bike Park to­day, be­fore a Stage 2 start on the Es­planade.

Nether­lands’ Erik Dekker (above), who won a sil­ver medal in the road race at the 1992 Olympics, will be among the field, which will wind its way up the Ather­ton Table­land and even­tu­ally to the fin­ish in Port Dou­glas next Satur­day. Czech moun­taineer Radek Jaros has swapped the walk­ing shoes for the cy­cling sad­dle to par­tic­i­pate in a team with se­ri­ous medal ambitions.

Be­tween 1998 and 2014, the 53-year-old was the first Czech to reach the sum­mit of the 14 peaks above 8000m al­ti­tude.

The ac­tion at Smith­field to­day start at noon, with awards at 2.30pm. Stage 2 starts at 9.30am on the Es­planade near the la­goon.

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