Three cheers for cycling stars at Tour de France finish

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Three voices cheering in the crowd as Britain’s Chris Froome won the Tour de France had even more to celebrate – they had just completed their own cycling challenge.

The intrepid trio of Peter Hull, Katie Butler and Andrew Bowser had arrived in Paris the day before on Saturday after completing a 300-mile charity cycle from London.

They set off on Wednesday morning from Tower Bridge in London and met up with 560 riders to arrive at the finish at the Eiffel Tower together – all raising money for Action Medical Research.

So far, the trio have raised £5,000 and Peter said they have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.

Peter said: “When we arrived the roads had been blocked off for us and people were cheering and hooting car horns. Then we went back for a champagne reception.

“It was an amazing experience. We really appreciate people’s generosity.”

The motivation behind the ride was Peter’s wife Tracy, who is chairman of the local committee for the charity which carries out vital medical research.

They always intended to stay for the finish of the Tour de France and seeing Chris Froome was an added bonus.

Peter said: “To think we were riding there the day before. It really was a once in a lifetime experience.”

If you would like to support the trio’s charity challenge, visit www.action.org/sponsor/PHull