Tour de France
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The Final Tour
This will be our last Tour de France. Well maybe not last ever since we do have a young friend, Taylor Phinney who may be here in the future, but certainly our last Tour supporting & following Lance. We started coming to support a fellow cancer survivor and promised we'd be here for as long as he rode the Tour. It's been fun, very tiring, sometimes exhausting, but mostly very rewarding. We've always set up big signs and banners along the route, in the mountains and the last day in Paris. Lance will ride by and give us a nod, wave or shout out and we know from riding up these beastly mountains that it feels good to have someone cheering for you. What has been most interesting is that as soon as we start putting up our signs, people will stop and take a picture of them, have us take a picture of them in front of the sign or sometimes have someone take a picture of us with them. Then, regardless of where they are from, Belgium, Hong Kong, South Africa, France, Italy, Australia, Germany or on and on, they tell us how much they appreciate what LiveStrong is doing to fight cancer. They often tell us of their own loss or struggle as well, which was something we learned early as a cancer survivor, just being willing to share your story can help or inspire someone else to get through their own battle.
This year will also be different because Lance has already had more bad luck the first week than he had during his 7 Tour victories, which has resulted in a loss of time that simply can't be recovered in this level of racing. On the more important side, Lance's return to cycling, combined with the Global LiveStrong movement has resulted in a cancer awareness effort that may be hard to judge. Definitely worth the effort!