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Palace Legends In Charity Cycle

6 June 2013

Crystal Palace legend Geoff Thomas has set off on a charity bike ride to Paris, to raise money for a blood cancer charity.

Thomas, who captained the Eagles to the FA Cup Final in 1990, was joined by former teammates Ian Wright and John Salako in London this morning, at the start of the 450km ride.

The trio were among the 170 cyclists who saddled up in Greenwich Park in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research – a charity Thomas has close ties with after battling chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003. 

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd, ex-Spurs and West Ham defender Mitchell Thomas and former politician Alastair Campbell are also taking part in the gruelling four-day challenge, titled London-Paris: Be Unstoppable.

The cyclists will experience the excitement of being part of a peloton, with motorcycle outriders and closed roads, as well as an entourage of mechanics, physiotherapists and support vehicles. 

Thomas, who is an ambassador for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, said: “Since being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003, I have met many incredible people including determined doctors, inspiring patients and selfless fundraisers. 

“For me, London-Paris: Be Unstoppable is another way I can continue to raise awareness and help Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to beat blood cancers and improve the lives of patients so they can live their lives to the full.” 

Ian Wright added: “It is great to be joining up with my friend and former team mate Geoff Thomas to take part in this ride. We aim to raise as much money as possible to help beat blood cancer.”

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