Former England wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior has decided to attempt to ride the complete Tour de France route and would be doing so one day before the actual race. Prior took to Twitter to convey his ambition to participate in the most iconic cycling tournaments in the world.
Prior said that he would be attempting to ride the full Tour de France route - which consists of 21 stages, covering almost 3500 km and lasting over 3 weeks. He said he would undertake his ride one day before the actual race begins.
Prior said that it was the biggest physical challenge he had faced until now and hoped to succeed in completing the tour. The money raised from the tour will be donated to select charities, he said. Prior set a target of 300 thousand Euros that he aims to raise through his participation in the tournament.
Prior was cycling as a part of "THE 21", an initiative that gives people a chance to cycle at the Tour de France and whose proceeds will be donated to select charities namely Chance to Shine, Dans Trust 2012 and Parkinson's UK.
Matt prior retired from all formats of the game in 2015 after he suffered an Achilles heel injury in 2014 that saw him out of action for a long time. Prior was a consistent part of the England test team, who played an important role in the victorious Ashes campaigns of England from 2007 till 2014. The wicketkeeper-batsman has a record of 276 stumpings to his name along with 4099 runs in 79 test matches. However, Prior's career in the limited overs format was not a huge success, as he has only played 68 ODIs and 10 T20 international games for his national side. He made his debut in international cricket in May 2007 against the West Indies.