By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
Sunday, July 29th, 2001 – Lance Armstrong has won his third straight Tour de France title becoming the only American to ever do so.
MSNBC reported, “Armstrong’s ride to victory was smooth from start to finish” and some said that Lance was “untouchable.” Bonnie DeSimone of the Chicago Tribune called the high-altitude stages “backbreaking.” Good thing for the non-backbreaking touch of chiropractor, Jeff Spencer.
For the past three years, Dr. Jeff Spencer has provided on-site chiropractic care and support, helping Lance Armstrong win the 1999, 2000, and 2001 Tour de France races.
Dr. Jeff Spencer is no stranger to the sport. He is former champion cyclist who competed on the 1972 United States Olympic Team as a sprint cyclist and he serves as chiropractor for the United States Postal Service Professional Cycling Team.
Dr. Jeff Spencer
“My job with Lance and the team is to optimize the neuromusculoskeletal component of their training and, in the event of a crash, minimize down time and get them back in the race as quickly as possible. I adjust them as needed and guide them in choices of diet and supplements, which helps reduce the likelihood of injury.”
Dr. Jeff graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sports Science and later graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles where he received the top clinician of the year award.
Lance believes it is healthy to always have challenge in your life. He told a reporter, “There’s no such thing as a free ride. I wake up every morning thinking that it’s a fresh day, there are no do-overs, and I’ve got to continue to try and be the best and try and stay healthy and try and be honest.” Lance Armstrong is now one of five men to have prevailed in three consecutive Tours.
During the tour, Jeff had the opportunity to adjust his childhood hero, Belgium’s Eddy Merckx, who has won a total of five Tour events. Dr. Jeff stated that Eddy Merckx is the greatest rider in the history of cycling, and the opportunity to poke and pound on him was extraordinary, but extraordinary events are daily occurrences at the Tour de France.
And chiropractic care for Lance?
According to Dr. Jeff, during their time together they never talk about cycling. “We deal with the physical issues associated with it, but not about it. We talk about everything else,” including philosophy.
“It’s truly a honor to watch a person create history before your eyes. It is even cooler to see knowing that I spend one-on-one time with him every day pounding, yanking, poking and prodding on him!” – Dr. Jeff
Congratulations to Lance Armstrong and the entire USPS Team and Bravo to Dr. Jeff Spencer, a wonderful human being.
Many thanks to Dr. Brian Dickert of Charlottesville, Virginia for contributions made toward this article.
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