â†µ"Livestrong" is exactly how he signs off on his twitter feed from the hospital in Austin, where Lance posted a picture of himself going into surgery for a broken collarbone suffered in a crash on Monday. It's not Shaq staring blankly into his cellphone camera at four in the morning, but it's pretty indicative of Twitter's power to make an athlete's life very real and very immediate to a reader in a way little else can: â†µâ†µ
â†µArmstrong has said he plans to race in the Giro d'Italia even though the race is only five weeks away, and the bone may not be completely healed before then. The Giro is the Italian version of the Tour de France, meaning it's the same race but with two crucial differences: a) it's in Italy, and b) riders gesture wildly with their hands and wear $700 designer loafers while racing. Other than that, it's basically the same. â†µâ†µ
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