Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hip Injury Forces Ex-Footballer out of Epic Charity Ride

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hip Injury Forces Ex-Footballer out of Epic Charity Ride

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FORMER England star Geoff Thomas has been forced to pull out of a gruelling charity cycling challenge through injury.

Littleborough-born Geoff, who played for Rochdale and captained Crystal Palace in the 1990 FA Cup final against Manchester United, survived chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2005.

He was part of a five-strong team of cyclists attempting to ride the three Grand Tours consecutively, the Giro D'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana in Spain, to help raise £1m.

But yesterday Geoff announced he had been forced to pull out of the ride due to a hip infection - but vowed he would return once he had been 'checked out'.

Geoff tweeted: "Hip, a week on just wouldn't stop swelling up on the bike making it difficult to push hard. Get home, get checked out then go again."

The charity Cure Leukaemia, founded in 2003, is aiming to raise £1m in 2017 and all funds raised from the epic challenge will go towards the appeal. …

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