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Lead Out Man

Last week I was able to wake up everyday and take in the first week of the Tour de France while eating, and lubing up with sun screen for the day. It was quite enjoyable to watch this very impressive event. I have been missing it this week because of work, and because my TV provider does not offer ‘NBCSports whatever’ in my current package (bummer!).

Anyway, the tour is just amazing as you watch the way the racers work together to accomplish the goal. One of my favorites memories from last week can be captured quite well in this picture.

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) sprints to the stage win in Rouen as lead-out man Greg Henderson is already celebrating in the background.
Photo: © AFP

 

I love this picture.  The man in front is winning the stage.  But look who is celebrating!  Two of his teammates in the back of the picture!.  That seems incredible.  Teammates who just moments earlier were leading the race, are celebrating their fellow’s victory.

But that was their intent.  They worked the entire 214 KM stage with the intention of letting their man win.  In the final kilometers, the team lines up, each taking their turn pulling the team to victory. Their entire purpose was to work as hard as possible to make some one else better.

What an example!  Who could you be a lead out man for today?

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4 New International Version (NIV)

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