Cyklistika a rakovina

Cyklista Lance Armstrong nedávno oslavil výročí. Je to už deset let od doby, kdy mu byla diagnostikována metastatická rakovina varlete a jeho lékaři se domnívali, že jej zahubí.

Na základě svého inspirativního příběhu a úsilí šířit o onemocnění osvětu se Armstrong stal bojovníkem proti rakovině. Po přezkoumání webových stránek jeho nadace ( ) a jeho spisů však zůstává hlodavá otázka: Pomohla při léčbě Armstrongovy rakoviny tatáž houževnatost, díky níž dokázal sedmkrát zvítězit v cyklistickém závodu Tour de France? Armstrong si dává pozor, aby mezi cyklistiku a rakovinu nedával rovnítko, ale často si nedokáže pomoci a činí tak – a s ním bezpočet jeho fanoušků. Takové spojení může být nesmírně zavádějící.

Když mu bylo něco málo přes dvacet, Armstrong se ve světě závodníků stával pojmem, ale ne všechno bylo v pořádku. V roce 1996, když mu bylo 25 let, postihla Armstronga únava, trpěl testikulární bolestí a vykašlával krev.

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