Andy Schleck commented:

I am really proud and excited to announce that I am the official ambassador of L’Etape South Africa by Le Tour de France. Come and join me for the first edition of over 160km in the Midlands and enjoy the fair and fun of the village and expo. This is your chance to experience and ride like a Tour de France Legend.

L’Etape South Africa Managing Director, Bonga Sebesho said it’s an honour to have Andy as well as other ambassadors and influencers on board:

Hosting Andy will be our pleasure – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for participants to ride alongside a Tour de France Champion. We’d also like to welcome Team Dimension Data Principal, Douglas Ryder, who will also be competing and now knows the ins and outs of the Tour de France better than any of us. Adding to this is a whole host of cycling influencers and we’re certainly well on our way to ensuring that those who join us in just less than one month will want to come back time and time again.

Starting at the Mandela Capture Site in Lions River, and now finishing at the Piggly Wiggly Country Village, the 160km route will explore the Midlands Meander and touch the foothills of the Drakensberg with a total ascent of 1630m. The rider and spectator experience has been further enhanced with the partnership between Piggy Wiggly Country Village which will in addition host the L’Etape South Africa Village.

Piggly Wiggly has become an exclusive destination offering world class shopping, outstanding food and unique entertainment for all ages. We are privileged to be a part of the L’Etape South Africa Route and look forward to sharing our piece of the Kwazulu Natal Midlands with all the riders as well as their friends and families. States Rudi Kassier, Chief Executive of Piggly Wiggly Country Village.

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