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The tour consisted of six stages in four countries combined with four scientific symposia. The route included two classic “Tour de France-climbs” — the Alpe d’Huez and the Mont Ventoux.
Prof. van Dijk continued: "The overall aim of the cycling was to raise money for the ESSKA Foundation, which supports research in orthopaedic sports medicine, emphasising prevention. To this end the symposia, the charity dinners and the auctions were all ancillary. All the cycling-surgeons have their own patients, sometimes world famous athletes and they asked them for autographed items, which were then auctioned. I myself obtained a jersey autographed by Messi, which I’ll hang in my office, next to Ronaldo’s jersey!"