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Pro rider Miyazawa brings smiles to children recovering from cancer

35-year-old Team Saxo-Tinkoff rider Miyazawa interacting with a group of children recovering from cancer at the CCF facility this morning. Photo: Mark Teo
The kids and Miyazawa showing off their artwork. Saxo Bank raised a total of $15,000 for CCF through its 'Beat the Pro' Challenge with Miyazawa. Photo: Mark Teo
Visiting Japanese professional rider Takashi Miyazawa of Team Saxo-Tinkoff presented the $15,000 cheque for CCF raised through its 'Beat the Pro' Challenge. Photo: Mark Teo
Published: 7:52 PM, November 11, 2013
Updated: 2:20 PM, November 12, 2013

SINGAPORE — Team Saxo cyclist Takashi Miyazawa brought smiles to the faces of several children recovering from cancer today (Nov 11) during his visit to the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) facility at Novena Specialist Centre to present the charity a cheque for S$15,000.

The money was raised by the 35-year-old Japanese and Saxo Capital Markets, the Singapore-based wholly owned subsidiary of Saxo Bank, during their “Beat The Pro” Challenge held on Nov 7, as well as from the sale of limited-edition Team Saxo water bottles.

Saxo Capital Markets had invited Miyazawa to Singapore to take part in the event as he was en route to the Tour de Bintan (Nov 9-10).

The 35-year-old Team Saxo rider, who is a team mate of two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, took on 10 local cycling enthusiasts in a simulated road race of the Alpe d’Huez, which is one of the famed stages of the Tour de France, at indoor cycling gym Athlete Lab on Amoy Street last Thursday.

“It is my second trip to the Tour de Bintan but my first time stopping over in Singapore for such charity events,” said Miyazawa who presented the S$15,000 cheque to the CCF along with Saxo Capital Markets’ Asia-Pacific CEO Kazuaki Takabatake.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it last Thursday cycling against the local amateurs and they really gave me a tough race, but it was all in good fun and for a good cause.

“I am also very happy to be able to visit the children today and see the smiles on their innocent faces despite the fact that they are suffering from cancer. I am glad to be able to do my part to help the charity.”

Added Takabatake: “Saxo Bank has been a keen supporter of cycling for a long time and we are glad that we are able to leverage our presence in the sport to help out a local charity like the CCF.”