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March 14, 2010

Lance Armstrong thanks Cape Town on Twitter

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Lance Armstrong. Photo courtesy Oddne Rasmussen

Lance Armstrong, cycling legend and cancer awareness ambassador, thanked Cape Town for hosting him while he was in South Africa for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and to raise funds for cancer sufferers.

Armstrong, who overcame cancer to win the Tour de France seven times in a row, is an avid user of social networking site, Twitter. On his Twitter feed yesterday, Armstrong thanked Capetonians for their hospitality.

And a few hours after finishing the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour today, Armstrong wrote: “Taking off for home now. Thanks Cape Town for a great week. And thanks to @jagfoundation for all you are doing down here. Livestrong!”

Armstrong finished ninth in the race, and was narrowly beaten by his South African team mate Darryl Impey. He tweeted shortly after finishing: “Argus Cycle Tour done! What a cool ride/race. Congrats to @darylimpey on gettin’ 3rd. Wind was howling out there.”

Armstrong posted updates about his travels around Cape Town last week, and seemed to really enjoy himself.

On Friday, March 12, he tweeted: “Cracked up when the guy yelled out to me in Afrikaans, ‘ride your bike old man!!’. Haha.”

He also took in some local history. “Bit of medical trivia – The Groote Schuur Hospital performed the world’s first heart transplant in 1967,” he tweeted on Thursday, March 11, after visiting cancer sufferers at the hospital.

On Tuesday, March 9, Armstrong cycled around Cape Town for the first time, and concluded:  “Done w/ a nice 3hr ride. I’ve heard many times before that Cape Town is stunning. That was no lie. What a place.”

You can also follow Cape Town Tourism on Twitter.

Read more of our Pick n Pay Cape Argus coverage:

Praise for Cape Town after Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour

Local cyclists upstage Lance Armstrong

Colourful characters at the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour

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