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Ride to Rio in Jane Tomlinson's memory finishes

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Image caption The ride finished in time for the Olympic opening ceremony

A team of cyclists have finished a ride from the UK to Brazil in honour of Jane Tomlinson CBE

The 3,000 mile (4,828km) ride marks the 10th anniversary of one undertaken by Mrs Tomlinson before her death.

The Leeds cancer fundraiser cycled 4,200 miles (6,759km) across America in 2006.

The Ride to Rio team cycled up to the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio on their last day in the saddle.

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Mrs Tomlinson was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2000 and died in 2007 after raising almost £2m for charity.

Her husband, Mike, and a team of supporters, including TV presenter Charlie Webster and ex-Rugby League professionals Keith Senior and Paul Highton, set off from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London in June.

The money pledged online for the ride has so far raised about £14,000.

Image caption Mr Tomlinson (centre) said he hoped the challenge would remind people of his late wife's inspiring story

Mrs Tomlinson was an ambassador for the 2012 London Olympics bid.

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Image caption Mrs Tomlinson raised almost £2m for charity before her death

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