Saturday, July 06, 2002

Cyclists cheer on Armstrong

15-mile ride on eve of Tour shows support

By Steve Kemme,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        In a tribute to Lance Armstrong and his sport, 20 local cyclists donned their helmets and biked 15 miles Friday in stifling heat.

[photo] Doug Dobrozsi (yellow flag) and Ryan Lindsay (U.S. flag) lead cyclists on a 15-mile ride to show their support for Lance Armstrong in today's Tour de France.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        Carrying the American flag and a flag featuring the team jersey of the U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling team, they rode from the Main Post Office on Dalton Avenue, where they received a send-off from 40 cheering postal employees, to the Groesbeck post office branch in Colerain Township.

        In a brief ceremony, they raised the cycling team flag. The cyclists expressed their hope that Mr. Armstrong, a member of the USPS Pro Cycling Team, will win his fourth straight Tour de France.

        The “World Series” of cycling begins today in Luxembourg (Outdoor Life Network, 11:30 a.m.). Mr. Armstrong won his first Tour de France after a grueling battle with cancer.

        “He's a sports hero, for sure, but he's more than that,” said Doug Dobrozsi, a 42-year-old Loveland man who organized this event.

        “He's an amazing person,” said Aaron Hoffman, 16, of Wyoming. “He's gone through some hard times and has come through them.”

        The 20 cyclists who made the 15-mile ride included four post office employees.

        An identical flag autographed by Mr. Armstrong and the entire USPS Pro Cycling Team will go on display Monday in the Main Post Office lobby at 1591 Dalton Avenue.

        The post office will hold a public drawing for the autographed flag. Entry forms are available at all Cincinnati post office stations and branches. Participants should send their name, address and phone number to Tour de France Flag Contest; P.O. Box 141116; Cincinnati, OH 45250-1116. Entry deadline is July 25.


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