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Cyclist Luke Rowe delivers new bike to intensive care doctor after his was stolen during shift

Team Ineos rider Luke Rowe, 30, personally delivered a new bike to Dr Tom Roberts to replace one stolen by thieves. Credit: Wales News Service

Welsh cyclist Luke Rowe has hand-delivered a brand new bicycle to a doctor whose bike stolen while working in intensive care in Cardiff.

The top Tour de France cyclist bought a £400 bike for Dr Tom Roberts after he finished treating coronavirus patients to find his was gone.

Rowe approached Dr Roberts after he tweeted about the incident, which happened at the University Hospital of Wales on Saturday.

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Rowe, who lives in Lisvane, Cardiff, stayed two metres away from Dr Roberts as he personally delivered the new bike to his home in Cyncoed, Cardiff.

Dr Roberts said: "It was awfully nice of him - he didn't need to do this.

"Luke messaged me on Twitter after hearing about the theft and offered me the bike.

"He sent me a message to say he was on the way to mine and brought it round."

Luke Rowe rides for Team Ineos alongside Welshman and Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas. Credit: PA Images

Dr Roberts said: "I'd been working in intensive care, came out of work about 8:45pm and went down to where I normally park my bike. The lock had been cut through and my bike was missing.

"It's pretty disappointing at the moment, particularly when the NHS is being held in potentially a higher regard than it normally is.

"For someone to do that in a hospital when you are on shift working to help people and save their lives, that's a little bit disappointing."

Hundreds of Cardiff hospital staff working through the coronavirus pandemic have received free meals from a volunteer scheme.

Volunteers have been providing free meals to hundreds of staff working at the University Hospital of Wales through the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Roberts said the outpouring of support shown to NHS staff had been overwhelming.

"Lots of individuals and companies have been extremely generous towards NHS staff recently," he added.

"We have had donations of meals, toiletries, beds and a lot more, and I want to thank people on behalf of all my colleagues - to everyone who has shown us kindness."