Aussie legend Allan Peiper missing Tour de France due to cancer fight

Posted on: July 7th, 2019

Allan Peiper is missing the Tour de France with UAE Emirates due to his cancer fight. The Aussie legend has entered treatment again.

Australian cycling legend, and one of Dan Martin’s managers at UAE Team Emirates, Allan Peiper is missing the Tour de France as he fights cancer.

Peiper was among a small group of English-speaking stars of pro cycling during the era of Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche.

He came through the Peugeot team with Roche, Phil Anderson and Sean Yates, among others.

Now aged 59 years, he retired in 1992 and won stages in the Giro, Criterium du Dauphine and Paris Nice.

He had faced prostate cancer a number of years ago but was treated and overcame it.

However, he has now been diagnosed with cancer again and it has spread to his lungs and ribs.

Peiper had joined UAE Team Emirates to work with Dan Martin but is now sadly missing from the team car as he will undergo chemotherapy during the race.

In an interview with RideMedia from his home in Belgium, Peiper said he was looking after himself the way he did when he was a pro cyclist.

“I’m busy with chemotherapy, I’m having my fifth round of six rounds next Monday,” Peiper explained of his treatment.

“The last round is on July 29th, the day after the Tour finishes. Obviously I won’t be at the Tour because of the chemotherapy.”

Peiper said his medical advisers have advised him to keep riding about three times a week.

This circulates the chemotherapy through his system and also generates cell activity that benefits his immune system.

Allan Peiper interview by RideMedia