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HRH Prince Harry welcomes Dallaglio Cycle Slam

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19 Mar 2010

HRH Prince Harry, Vice Patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), greeted Lawrence Dallaglio on Friday 26 February as the former England Rugby player and World Cup winner reached Twickenham Stadium having cycled more than 1,700km through Europe on the Dallaglio Cycle Slam.

The team still has nearly 1,000km to cycle before completing the grueling ride. The aim is to raise at least £1million.

Money raised will be split equally between Sport Relief and the newly formed Dallaglio Foundation, whose beneficiaries include Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, DebRA, Cancer Research, Help for Heroes and the RPA Benevolent Fund.

Lawrence Dallaglio said: "To be welcomed to Twickenham by Prince Harry was fantastic, the two of us go way back through our mutual love of rugby and Prince Harry has also been involved with the Dallaglio Foundation before so I am touched by his continual support.

"It was so kind of him to show his appreciation for what has been a desperately tough cycle from Rome and I'm sure none of the cyclists will ever forget this day.

"It is great to be back on familiar turf at Twickenham Stadium and Prince Harry's welcome has given us fresh enthusiasm. We leave for Cardiff from Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, hopefully pedaling on the joy of an England win against Ireland.

"We've still got a long way to go and need all the support we can get from the public. We are cycling for some fantastic causes so I'd urge everyone to go online and donate what they can."

The Dallaglio Cycle Slam began in Rome on Friday 12th February and continues over the course of a month finishing in Edinburgh on 12th March. The team will cycle through all of the RBS 6 Nations countries, taking in each of the international rugby stadia along the way.

The group travelled over 100km from Maidstone to Twickenham this morning. The 2,800km cycle is split into five stages, each of which will pass through an RBS 6 Nations country.

They started cycling from the Stadio Flaminio in Italy and, now that they have ticked off three of the 6 Nations stadia, they will be heading to Millennium Stadium.

The peloton will then visit Dublin's Croke Park before heading to Murrayfield in time to watch England and Scotland fight it out over the Calcutta Cup on 13th March.

About the Dallaglio Cycle Slam

This challenge is the latest in a long line of projects that the Dallaglio Foundation has been working towards in its inaugural year.

Launched following the passing of Lawrence's mother Eileen, who lost her courageous battle with cancer in December 2008, the Dallaglio Foundation has already helped to raise over £600,000 for Cancer Research UK through its prestigious charity party, 8Rocks, which took place in November and was attended by Prince Harry.

Visit for more information about this epic ride.