Seven Time Tour De France Winner Lance Armstrong Going For Eight
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - Yesterday evening at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2009 Tour De France, theirEarth took this photograph of America's Lance Armstrong as he took to the stage for the introduction of his Astana Cycling Team to a worldwide television viewing audience. Lance has won the Tour De France an incredible seven years in a row between 1999 and 2005. In 2009 he returns to try for his eighth win, and as he said yesterday he has a "heck of a lot of nerves" about him this year. He will have to learn about his competitors cycling traits all over again after four years away from the Tour.
The 37-year old Armstrong also said yesterday that there is an "extreme sense of excitement" within himself to be back again to compete, and he thought that Monaco was an incredible place to start his come-back from with the beauty of its roads and buildings as the competition landscape for the 'First Stage' of the 2009 Tour.
Armstrong's racing bicycle is manufactured by TREK and his team Astana are sponsored by a conglomerate of companies based in Astana in Kazakhstan. On Saturday, Armstrong will compete in the 'First Stage' of the 2009 Tour De France, which will take place primarily on both the streets of the Principality of Monaco and also on the surrounding roads of the high-elevation towns that border Monaco in France. The 'First Stage' will be a timed individual 'against the clock' event and the 15.5 km in distance will both start and the finish at the Port in Monaco. Lance Armstrong will then compete in the 'Second Stage' that starts on Sunday afternoon with an official departure from the Casino area of Monte-Carlo.
Lance Armstrong is a real fighter and has been through both the worst of times and the very best of times. He is a survivor of testicular cancer that was diagnosed in 1996 and which had spread to his brain. He underwent both operations and chemotherapy to fight the disease and emerged clear of it. He miraculously moved forward thereafter starting in 1999, to take seven consecutive wins at the Tour De France, something that no other Tour De France cyclist has ever accomplished in the history of the event.
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