Arm­strong re­vis­its Croix de la Sierra

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

GUEUGNON, France — To­day’s stage at the Tour de France will mark a rel­e­vant day in Lance Arm­strong’s life.

He will ride the Croix de la Sierra for the first time at the Tour since 1996. On that af­ter­noon 14 years ago, Arm­strong quit the Tour af­ter the climb in the Jura Moun­tains. The weather was rainy and cold, and Arm­strong was hav­ing prob­lems breath­ing.

He thought he had a cold. Three months later, Arm­strong was di­ag­nosed with can­cer, with doc­tors telling him the dis­ease had spread to his lungs.

The Croix de la Sierra had not been a part of the Tour de France since 1996.

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