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Lance Armstrong Owns France

The Tour de France is underway. Texan Lance Armstrong is going for his 7th consecutive Tour victory.

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Lance is a freaking warrior, and an inspiration. If you need a refresher of just how much Lance Armstrong had to overcome just to live, let alone become the world's premiere athlete, please read this:

While seemingly at the top of his game, he was literally forced off his bike in excruciating pain. In early October [1996], his doctor gave him the stunning news that he had cancer. And his life changed forever.

Tests revealed advanced testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and his brain. Though his chances for his recovery were far less than 50-50, a frightened yet determined Lance began an aggressive form of chemotherapy....

Lance's complete recovery from cancer seemed miraculous, but actually returning to racing felt unfathomable. Having departed from Cofidis, Lance found himself teamless until the United States Postal Service took a leap of faith and signed him. If he never turned another pedal, the story would be an inspirational one. But it wasn't enough for Lance. He needed to prove himself in the ranks of the professional elite. His professional comeback, however, got off to a rocky start. Early season racing in 1998 nearly ended his career again when, in a cold and miserable Paris-Nice race, he pulled to the side of the road and quit. Many thought that was the last day on the bike for Lance Armstrong.

The Tour de France blog has all your Lance Armstrong updates over the next couple of weeks, so you can be the coolest kid in school at work.

Also, for the love, don't treat these things as merely some sort of trendy fashion statement:

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Will Franklin blogificates at WILLisms.com.


Comments (15)

I say it every year: In the... (Below threshold)

I say it every year: In the land with no balls, the one-balled man shall be king!

If you want to know what th... (Below threshold)

If you want to know what this man is about, get a copy of his autobiography, It's Not About the Bike. It's a great read. Very inspiring.

I like Lance alot!...... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

I like Lance alot!...

and of course everyone know... (Below threshold)
Pete:

and of course everyone knows that a yellow wrist band stands for "Do Not Resuscitate" when taken to the emergency room....

When I survived cancer, my ... (Below threshold)
Jim:

When I survived cancer, my odds were 50-50 to survive treatment, and 50-50 again to survive 2 more years. It has now been 10+ years. Lance is an inspiration to others to show that you CAN come back. I myself have inspired some others, though I am not famous like Lance.

Let me tell you, there is NOTHING like the feeling when the doctor is standing over your bed, and says the word "CANCER". Your whole world comes apart on you.

So, you people making fun of him and surviviing, so crawl back under your rock, ther eis absolutely no call for it.

Who was making fun of Lance... (Below threshold)

Who was making fun of Lance?

Silly guy. No one's making ... (Below threshold)

Silly guy. No one's making fun of Lance! Will, I was planning to install a "Lance counter" on my future posts just to track how far he was ahead of the nearest competition. You beat me to the punch. Love it.

Sheryl Crow is an ignorant ... (Below threshold)
Ed:

Sheryl Crow is an ignorant leftist. Lance bangs Sheryl Crow. Therefore, Lance is a leftist. Sorry, but I can't cheer for him.

The bracelet trend has neve... (Below threshold)
-S-:

The bracelet trend has never impressed me as meaning much of anything. I think, probably -- best guess here -- that Armstrong started wearing his to foster his own perspective of strength but it's now become a sortof "pet rock" thing that's offputting on so many about so many pet projects.

Apparently the comment I wa... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Apparently the comment I was responding to was removed.

I didn't remove any comment... (Below threshold)

I didn't remove any comments... not sure if Kevin did...

Don't forget he ditched his... (Below threshold)
Neo:

Don't forget he ditched his wife, who stood by him when he had "cancer" (ever notice hardly any celebrity dies from cancer anymore?) with whom he had a few children to date/marry avowed commie/musician Sheryl Crowe.

I didn't remove any comment... (Below threshold)

I didn't remove any comments. If there actually was a comment to this post that got deleted it's possible it got mistakenly deleted in a mass comment spam cleanup. Will, you should have an e-mail record of all comments recieved on this post, whether they were deleted or not.

It's worth noting that ther... (Below threshold)

It's worth noting that there's been some funkiness on the commenting function, which I'm addressing now...

Hello Neo,Maybe yo... (Below threshold)
Gayle:

Hello Neo,

Maybe you should do some research before you post. Lance didn't even MEET his wife until AFTER his chemo was finished! Lance was separated and on the road to finalizing the divorce BEFORE he met Sheryl Crow. He did NOT leave his wife for her.Legal separation: September. Met Sheryl Crow: October. Divorce finalized: December.




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