Tour star joins racing
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.