Lance Armstrong to finish Tour de France on Damien Hirst bike

Legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong is riding a series of artist- and designer-decorated bikes in this year’s Tour de France, to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation and its Livestrong cancer campaign.

Marc Newson, Damien Hirst, Kaws, Yoshimoto Nara, Kenny Scharf and Shepard Fairey are all contributing designs.

Newson’s design was used in the Monaco time trial, which kicked off this year’s Tour de France on 4 July, while Hirst’s bike, which features a butterfly design, will be used for the final stage in Paris on 26 July.

A touring art exhibition, Stages, will open in Paris on 16 July, featuring work by artists including Fairey, Caroline Opie and Ed Ruscha, and inspired by Armstrong’s battle against cancer. The exhibition will also visit New York, Los Angeles and Portland.

Armstrong says, ‘This year it’s about more than winning the race. It’s about people coming together to use our talents and abilities for a cause bigger than ourselves and doing everything within our power to help those in their fight to overcome cancer.’

Armstrong, who survived testicular cancer and went on to win the Tour de France seven times, is currently ranked third in the race, eight seconds behind leader Rinaldo Nocentini.

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