Team Great Britain cyclist Lucy Garner ended the stage, and the General Classification, as the best-placed Briton, earning her the prestigious Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best of British jersey.
She was delighted to win the jersey: “I’m really happy to win the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Best of British jersey on home soil. It’s great to race on British roads and I’ve never seen crowds as big. The jersey provides a great way for the charity to raise its profile and it is very special to have won.”
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research supporter Tryna Staddon, and former England footballer and leukaemia survivor, Geoff Thomas, presented the jersey.
Tryna, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma on 5 July 2013, said it was an honour to be a part of the event: “It was brilliant to present the jersey – there were so many people out there watching, it was an amazing experience. I was really proud to present the Best of British Jersey after getting the all clear in December. Until I got Hodgkin lymphoma, I didn’t realise that one person every 15 minutes is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Hopefully one day we will beat blood cancer and that one person will become none.”
Geoff Thomas added: “Throughout the week we’ve heard some incredibly inspirational stories from patients and supporters of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, and it has been an honour to showcase them on the Women’s Tour.”
We are so grateful for all our patient presenters, who through their stories have allowed us to raise the profile of blood cancer and the work we are doing to beat it. Their presence on the day, as well as in their local media in the run up to and after the event, has shown that this disease can be beaten and that we must continue to do what we can to enable all patients to go on and lead normal, healthy lives.
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