Thursday, October 2, 2008
Lance Armstrong '09
Legend, History, Speed; well there are millions of other ways to describe Lance Armstrong, the 7-time and soon to be 8-time Tour de France champion; Diagnosed with testicle cancer in 1996, came back to ride in 1999 and set record breaking championships till 2005.
"The cancer had already spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. The standard chemotherapeutic regimen for Armstrong's type of cancer is known as BEP (Bleomycin, Etoposide and Cisplatin (or Platinol)). Armstrong, however, chose to undergo an alternative regimen, VIP (vinblastine, ifosfamide and Cisplatin), in order to avoid the lung toxicity associated with the drug Bleomycin. Armstrong underwent surgery on his brain tumors, which were found to be necrotic, and an orchiectomy to remove his diseased testicle."
I have started using 2 wheels since 1996, so Armstrong was like a symbol to me, both in life and the sports. His next series will mean a lot to beneficiaries of Livestrong and many other foundations sphere-headed by the great cyclist / cancer survivor. The ASTANA Team on TREK Bikes will be a power house, imagine having 1 2 time chamo, and another 7 time champ to lead the way on the same uniform, I only wish to see a good uphill battle with Ulrich once again...