Former England football stars Geoff Thomas, Lee Dixon, John Salako and Mark Bright joined 2004 Paris-Roubaix and Tour de France stage winner Magnus Backstedt for a London to Paris warm-up ride for Cycling Weekly magazine.

You can watch a YouTube clip of the ride by clicking the play button on the panel below.

You can read the full article in this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine, May 26 2011 issue, on sale from Thursday.