TR Press UK - 16-07-2016

Beautiful, touching conclusion to an utterly fantastic Tour de Paris!

Team Rynkeby experienced a touching conclusion to the annual cycling tour to Paris, where up to 5,000 people welcomed the team to the French capital.

Stage 7, Paris: 1,500 cyclists from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Faroe Islands experienced a touching conclusion to 7-8 days of effort and hardship when up to 5,000 people welcomed Team Rynkeby to Paris this afternoon.

The conclusion took place at Prairie du Cercle Sud in the north-eastern corner of Paris, where thousands of friends and family members formed a warm and welcoming backdrop for the finale of the charity cycling team's 15th Tour de Paris to benefit children with cancer.

"It made the conclusion quite an emotional event," explains Carl Erik Dalbøge, director of Team Rynkeby Foundation.

"The participants have worked hard for a long time. "They trained hard, and during the past week many of them were under extreme pressure, which meant that emotions were high for a lot of our participants," says Carl Erik Dalbøge, who continues:

"It's the first time that all participants from the five countries have assembled together, and therefore it's also the first time that you get a sense of how big Team Rynkeby really is. "It's simply touching to think that this many people are together to serve the same purpose – helping children with cancer and their families," says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

In the shadow of terror
Team Rynkeby's final parade ride through Paris took place in the shadow of Thursday's attack in Nice, which cost 84 lives and wounded 202 people.

"We were all affected by the horrific attack in Nice, and our thoughts are with the dead and their families. "It was really important for us to complete the Tour de Paris as planned – also out of respect for the affected families – and we are very grateful for all the help we have had from the French police," explains Carl Erik Dalbøge.

The last 15-kilometre parade ride was completed with a full police escort of approximately 10 assigned officers.

Wistful farewell
This evening, the 38 Team Rynkeby teams will celebrate the conclusion of the Tour de Paris in different venues throughout the city, and tomorrow most participants will head home or continue on to enjoy holidays with their families.

"It's going to be a bit wistful. "Our participants have become very close to each other over the course of the past week, and now it's over. "It creates a special sort of atmosphere," says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

At the end of September, Team Rynkeby will publicise the amount of money raised by the 38 teams to battle children's cancer across Scandinavia.

The news you have just read was translated by Amesto Translations A/S.

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