Monday, May 17, 2010

Special Incentive: Sneak Peek #23

Five weeks until the Journey Home ride from Seattle to Vancouver! Today's Donor Incentive is from the 2009 Swiss National Time Trial Champion; and no it's not Fabian Cancellara, it's Rubens Bertogliati. Rubens rides for Androni Giocattoli, and gained a lot of face time on Friday's 6th Stage of the Giro d'Italia when he was in a daylong break with Matthew Lloyd, in the first mountains stage of the Giro. Lloyd attacked his breakaway companion on Bedizzano climb 11 kilometres from the finish but Rubens heroically held on to to finish 2nd, nine seconds in front of the main group.

A professional cyclist for 10 years, Rubens wore the Maillot Jaune in the 2002 Le Tour de France for two stages, winning Stage 1 in Luxembourg, but for him the Swiss National Time Trial Champion's skinsuit which he has donated is the more significant win. In a note he sent us, he writes, "For me it was like a dream come true. Every time I ride the T.T. bike with the suit on, it reminds me of all the beautiful moments of being Swiss champion has given to me... I wore the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, but the White cross in Red is always something that remains inside you."

Make a donation to the Journey Home today for the opportunity to own this unique piece of cycling memorabilia. For details of this and all the donor incentives visit the Donation Gifts page.

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