Racing the demons

Inspired by fellow survivors, Lance Armstrong refuses to give in to cancer

Updated: March 15, 2013, 11:51 AM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's April 20, 1998 issue. Subscribe today!

THE FACES APPEAR to Lance Armstrong when he needs them most. Maybe they arrive when the stars of exhaustion creep into the periphery of his vision. A new face flashes, and another, faster and faster, a kaleidoscopic slide show whirling through his brain. Bald children smile back at him through a pain only he and they understand. Kids challenge with imploring eyes, their skin lined with the ...

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