Call It Tour De Pressure left his legs feeling less than great.
The physical toll was increased by having to defend not only his oakley juliet lead but his reputation. "I made a mistake and underestimated those two stages in the Pyrenees," Armstrong said. "I felt so strong oakley sunglasses locations (earlier) in the Alps, too confident, maybe. The stress of having the yellow jersey and the exterior pressure from all the other crap caught up with me too." He was referring to the questions about doping Armstrong had answered with vehemence and more than a little anger Wednesday after a French newspaper, Le oakley distributors Monde, reported traces of a corticosteroid had been found in one of his urine samples during the race. The International Cycling Union said the test was not positive and that Armstrong had a prescription for the drug, which was in a topical cream he was using for saddle sores. The corticosteroid is considered a banned substance although sanctions for using it are not in place only if its use is surreptitious. Armstrong said he did not imagine using the balm could be considered doping. Pressed by a Le Monde reporter as to why he had denied using a banned substance, Armstrong shot back, "Are you calling me a doper or a liar?" The tension of that press conference was gone Thursday. newspapers. Armstrong talked about his baby, expected in late October, who was conceived in vitro from sperm banked before he underwent chemotherapy for testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs, stomach and brain. He agreed that the enforced break from cycling caused by the cancer treatments may have helped him, just as it did Greg LeMond, who won his second and third Tours after being shot in a hunting accident that cost him two years of racing and nearly cost his life. Armstrong is startlingly open about intimate parts of his life, feeling such frankness can only help others who are battling against similar cancers. The candor also is a way of building his own strength. "If a 24 year old kid (his age when the illness was diagnosed) can talk publicly from day one about testicular cancer, the rest is easy," he said. Armstrong had not even met his future wife, Kristin Richard, when he banked the oakey sunglasses sperm in late 1996. It was done because chemotherapy kills rapidly dividing cells, like those in hair, fingernails, stomach lining and sperm. "After they asked us, When do you want to have the baby?', we were able to plan everything to the day,' " he said. Armstrong said he would like to conceive his next child in the traditional manner. He noted doctors have told him there is a chance his sperm production would return to 75 percent by three years after chemotherapy. "This will be the healthiest baby ever, because we knew exactly when it was conceived," Armstrong said. "From that point on, Kristin had no coffee, no chocolate, no alcohol." When the child either Grace Elizabeth or Maxwell David emerges in late October, the miracle of birth will be just one of the miracles Armstrong has experienced this year. Not only is this man returning from cancer about to win what may be the toughest event in sports, he is doing it five months after being flattened by a car during a training ride in the south of France. That accident came in February, a week after he separated his right collarbone in a racing accident. "The car hit me from behind and crushed my bike in two," Armstrong said. "Fortunately, I fell to my left.
But I was stuck in the middle of nowhere, with road rash all over my body and a crushed bike. The cab ride home was $100." Such amounts will seem like pocket change to Armstrong if he keeps the leader's yellow jersey when the 86th Tour de France finishes Sunday in Paris, where about 75 family members and friends are expected to watch him ride triumphantly up the Champs Elysees.
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