Cyclists to auction off jerseys to help flood-stricken communities

Ljubljana, 17 August - Seven Slovenian road cyclists, including Primož Roglič, Tadej Pogačar and Matej Mohorič, will auction off their jerseys in a bid to help those who were affected by floods that hit Slovenia two weeks ago, the line-up said in a social media post on Wednesday. The auction is taking place on Roglič's official website until the end of August.

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Slovenian cycling champion Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma).
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The other four riders joining the Cyclists for Slovenia campaign, initiated by Roglič's foundation, are Luka Mezgec, Jan Tratnik, Domen Novak and Matevž Govekar.

"It's time for all of us to stand together to help the victims of the catastrophic floods that have devastated our country. Seven cyclists from the ICU World Tour, seven signed jerseys, one auction. Let's show that we are strong and that we care for each other.

"All for one and one for all. With a heart for Slovenia," they said in a video they shared on social media. The funds raised will be transferred to persons or organizations chosen by the cyclists. The top bid currently stands at EUR 8,500.

Mohorič and Pogačar have both already chipped in to support the flood relief efforts. The former donated the prize money he received for his win at the Tour de Pologne, totalling EUR 24,495, and the latter will contribute EUR 10 for every selfie he takes with fans in Congress Square in Ljubljana next week, adding to his initial donation of EUR 10,000.

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