July 25th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Tour officials to Armstrong: Take off the black

The start of the final stage of the Tour de France was delayed Sunday when race officials asked Lance Armstrong and his team to remove black jerseys they were wearing in the name of cancer survivors.

The officials told Armstrong and his team to change back to their official jerseys, according to CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta who was at the Tour. The winner of seven Tours, Armstrong and his team had planned to ride into Paris' Champs-Elysees finish wearing jerseys emblazoned with "28." The number represents the 28 million people worldwide who have cancer.

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  1. Attorneygirl

    Congrats to Lance for a terrific farewell Tour.

    He may not have won the Yellow Jersey, but that is not the point. He stayed in the race and his team won the team classification. It is a fitting metaphor because it always takes a team to fight cancer.

    Twenty-eight million people with cancer will each need a team to help them fight cancer.

    A beautiful message and the perfect way to end his last Tour de France.

    July 25, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anne Sheldon

    The Tour de France organizers are without compassion or a sense of anything larger than their race. Good on Lance and Team Radioshack for trying to bring the larger message of the fight against cancer, rather than the mere competion of a bike race, even if it is the Tour de France.

    July 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Logic

    I disagree. There are rules and the Tour doesn't need anymore controversy, especially from Lance's team.

    July 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kevin conway


    July 26, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tony

    We'll never see Pharmstrong again on the Tour... Good riddance! If his team wasn't allowed on the Vuelta, maybe there was a very good reason for that... Adieu Lance le tricheur!

    July 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |