By Nigel Wynn
The assembled television and sporting personalities taking part in the Tour de Celeb will continue their training for the Etape du Tour in the second episode of the Channel 5 series, aired tonight (Monday) at 7pm.
The opening episode last week saw the eight riders get to grips (or not) with clipless pedals and tackle (or not) their first sportive together.
TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh came off worst during the sportive, taking a tumble after getting nervous in traffic and cutting her knee quite badly.
The show was generally well received by cyclists, with many of the problems encountered by the cycling newbies being very familiar territory.
Episode two of the four-part series marks six weeks to go until the riders tackle the 122km Etape du Tour in France, and Olympic team pursuit champion Ed Clancy is drafted in to assist them in their bunch riding technique.
The group also tackles another sportive, this time in the Surrey Hills. Will rugby star Austin Healey – the only one with previous extensive cycling experience – leave them all behind again?
Along with Mecklenburgh and Healey, reality TV star Hugo Taylor, choreographer Louie Spence, presenters Jodie Kidd and Angellica Bell, and sports stars Darren Gough and Amy Williams make up the team.
In other news: The Sun is possibly as clueless about cycling as some of the celebs were prior to starting their Etape training for the show, with the paper running an online article titled "Lucy Mecklenburgh reveals she went KNICKERLESS under her riding gear during Tour de Celeb". Its capitals, not ours.
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