The Scene is Set for Lance Armstrong's Last Ride
The scene is set for Lance Armstrong's final ride. Lance Armstrong will hoist himself into the saddle on Sunday for the last stage of his final cycle race outside the United States, with no hope of winning the Tour Down Under and with emotions as inscrutable as at any time in his career.
race route with signs thanking him for competing in the race and wishing him success.
Armstrong responds to that support and fans find him relaxed, accessible and courteous.
"Really, hat's off to them," Armstrong said of the Australian spectators after competing in the fifth stage of the 2011 Tour Down Under on Saturday, ending in the rural township of Willunga.
"I think it's good to have top level pros here and top level racing, but it's really the fans, I think, that make this difference.
"You see at Willunga and you see on the climbs how many people there are and how enthusiastic they are, not just for myself, but for everybody. It's a great atmosphere."
More than 100,000 will watch the last stage of Armstrong's last race on Sunday and likely most will wish him well. His wife and young son will await him at the finish and soon after he will fly to Brisbane for a charity ride expected to raise more than half a million dollars for victims of floods in Queensland state.