Former Palace captain Thomas met with the players just before he embarked on an epic cycling challenge ‘The Geoff Thomas 3 Tours Challenge sponsored by Farr Vintners’ with four other amateur cyclists to raise funds for blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia, the charity that helped save his life in 2003.
Geoff is currently halfway through the Giro D’Italia, the first of 3 Grand Tours he is riding with entrepreneur Doug McKinnon, former national chef of the year Hayden Groves, wealth manager James Maltin and chef and motivational speaker Marcus Leach. They are riding the Giro D’Italia, Le Tour de France and La Vuelta a España consecutively, one day ahead of the professionals.
Jason Puncheon speaking on behalf of the squad said: "Geoff has shown a massive amount of courage doing what he’s doing. He’s a Palace legend and as a club we want to do all we can to support him. If we can help raise awareness of his challenge and it encourages more fans and the wider public to donate then we feel we’re doing our bit to help.”
cyclists and, to date, no amateur team have ever achieved this epic feat in the same calendar year. Each rider will cycle a total of 10,504km in just 63 days of cycling. They have already cycled 1669km, the equivalent of travelling direct from Birmingham Airport to Bialystok, Poland and they still have 52 days to go.professionalOnly 39
Geoff, speaking after completing a 161km Stage 11 of the Giro D’Italia said: “The support I have had from the Crystal Palace family so far has been truly humbling and for the players to make a donation as well means so much to me personally, the clinical team and all the patients that will benefit as a result. The Giro D’Italia is proving even more challenging that any of us imagined so to think we still have the Tour de France and La Vuelta to come is incredibly daunting. However, the support and donations we have already received, and I hope continue to receive, in the coming weeks and months will spur us on to complete our goal. On behalf of everyone associated with the 3 Tours Challenge and Cure Leukaemia, thank you all, it means so much.”
A message from the England Manager, Gareth Southgate, to Geoff Thomas and the 3 Tours Challenge team.