Tour de France legend Stephen Roche backs Down Syndrome in Laois and Leinster

Tour de France legend Stephen Roche is backing Laois and other Down Syndrome Ireland branches for its cycling tour around Leinster while raising much needed funds for the charity.

The annual Tour de Leinster gives cyclists the chance to cycle with Irish Tour de France and Giro D’italia legend Stephen Roche, who will cycle shoulder to shoulder with participating cyclists for the four days.

The event kicks off in TV3 in Ballymount, Dublin and the route traverses Leinster in a spectacular route taking in counties Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath and Louth with some amazing scenery along the way.

Each participant will cover their own costs, so all funds raised from the Tour de Leinster event will go directly towards Down Syndrome Ireland to help support essential services in the participating Leinster branches, including the Laois branch.

The charity is also encouraging people to come out and support the amazing cyclists as they pass through their counties.

Speaking at the launch of the 2017 ‘Tour de Leinster’, Stephen Roche looked forward to contributing.

“I am delighted to be part of this fantastic event for Down Syndrome Ireland once again. The Tour de Leinster is a magnificent cycling challenge, it’s so well organised and you get amazing support from people with Down syndrome and their families along the way. I look forward to meeting many of the friends I made last year and to a very enjoyable four days of cycling”.

Stephen celebrates the 30th anniversary of cycling’s triple crown this year. In 1987 he won the Tour de France, the Tour of Italy and the World Championship.

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Pictured above at the launch of the Tour the Leinster with Stephen Roche are Eoin Cotter (left), Mike Clifford, Suin Marron (right). Pic. Diane Cusack

Commenting at the launch Down Syndrome Ireland President, Mary Doherty, welcomed Stephen on board.

“We are delighted that Stephen Roche…

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