I want to finish by saying that I intend to be an avid spokesperson for testicular cancer once I have beaten the disease.. I want this to be a positive experience and I want to take this opportunity to help others who might someday suffer from the same circumstance I face today.
Through my illness I learned rejection. I was written off. That was the moment I thought, Okay, game on. No prisoners. Everybody's going down.
I don't have anything against organized religion per se. We all need something in our lives. I personally just have not accepted that belief. But I'm one of the few.
I'm not happy if I'm not doing some physical suffering, like going out on a bike ride or running. First, it's good for you. No. 2, it sort of clears my mind on a daily basis. And it's a job. My job is to suffer. I make the suffering in training hard so that the races are not full of suffering.
Winning is about heart, not just legs. It's got to be in the right place.
The Tour (de France) is essentially a math problem, a 2,000-mile race over three weeks that's sometimes won by a margin of a minute or less. How do you propel yourself through space on a bicycle, sometimes steeply uphill, at a speed sustainable for three weeks? Every second counts.
It can't be any simpler: the farewell is going to be on the Champs-Elysees.