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Yorkshire's future Sir Bradley Wiggins?

Yorkshire's future Sir Bradley Wiggins?

Published at 2:16pm 29th June 2015. (Updated at 2:53pm 29th June 2015)

A 10-year-old Yorkshire boy is preparing to take on the gruelling penultimate stage of this year's Tour de France.

Bjoern Koerdt, from Bramhope, will tackle some of the most feared mountain climbs with his father, Lars, on 23 July.

Their 110km unassisted ride will include thousands of feet of ascent and Bjoern is believed to be the youngest cyclist to attempt a stage.

It's in a bid to raise funds for Martin House Children's Hospice which provides family-led care for youngsters with life-limiting illnesses.

Lars said: "Bjoern loves cycling. He taught himself to ride when he was just three years old and has been competing in road racing since he was five.

"With more than 100 race wins under his belt, including some recent successes in off-road cyclocross, Bjoern feels ready to take on the challenge of stage 20 which, with its summit finish, is being dubbed as the final showdown of the 2015 Tour.

"Starting from Modane Valfréjus, it will take in the famous Alpe d'Huez with 13.8km of ascent and its famous 21 hairpin bends. It is extremely unusual for a cyclist of Bjoern's age to take on this type of challenge and also to do so without the support of back-up vehicles.

"Having been inspired by Yorkshire's hosting of the Grand Départ last year and the recent success of the Tour de Yorkshire, Bjoern wanted to raise funds for a fantastic local charity by really putting himself to the test on one of the toughest courses in the world."

Last year, Bjoern won the Under-10 and Under-12 summer series, as well as taking the title of the Under-12 Yorkshire Cyclocross Champion in November.

He's been supported by All Terrain Cycles since joining its team two years ago.

Not only does All Terrain help with kit and bikes, it also provides technical support and training advice.

Managing Director Tony Booth said: "Bjoern is a phenomenally talented young cyclist, and after a fantastic season, he's taking on a huge challenge even for a cycling pro, let alone a 10-year-old.

"We wish him every success and hope that his efforts will not only raise lots of money for Martin House, but will also inspire other young cyclists to take part in this exciting sport."

You can support Bjoern and Lars at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/bjoern