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16 May 2017

Shaun Whiter and former Blues complete Tour of Suffolk 2017

They overcame torrential rain, strong winds, punctures, crashes - the Academy contingent even got lost and went 10 miles out of their way - but they all made it to the finish of the Tour of Suffolk 2017. 

More than 100 cyclists completed the 150 miles over two days that took in much of the Suffolk countryside, with Russell Osman the first Blue home. 

Alan Lee, Titus Bramble, who overcame a puncture, Mick Stockwell, as well as Academy coaching staff, Bryan Klug, Lee O’Neill, Chris Hogg and Adem Atay all crossed the finishing line at Portman Road. 

The biggest roar of the day though was saved for former Newmarket player Shaun Whiter, who lost both his legs after being hit by a car in July 2016. 

He only climbed abroad his specially adapted bike for the first time two months ago but made it around the testing course, that saw an overnight stay at the Potters Resort at Hopton with the return journey along the East coast through Southwold into Woodbridge and then back to Portman Road. 

Most of the cyclists were raising funds for the Friends of Ipswich Town and Prostate Cancer UK charities but Shaun rode in support of the East Anglian Air Ambulance service who he credits with saving his life.

The Tour of Suffolk 2017 was the fourth TEAMITFC charity ride with more than £250,000 raised. 

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