In 1996, he was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer and took a break from cycling. Immediate surgery and chemotherapy saved his life. He made a comeback in 1998.
In September 2000, he won the bronze medal in the men's individual time trial at Sydney Olympic Games.
The Livestrong wristband was launched in 2004 as a fund-raising item for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which is now known as Livestrong Foundation. This band supports cancer survivors.
In February 2011, he announced his retirement from competitive cycling, while facing a US federal investigation into doping allegations.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency, in June 2012, charged him with having used performance-enhancing drugs. This led to his ban from cycling.
The master cyclist and cancer survivor, and above all hero to many, was subjected to much shame. He was also stripped of all seven Tour de France titles.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, aired in January 2013, Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs almost through the whole of his career. The International Olympic Committee asked him to return the Olympic bronze medal that he had won in 2000.
Lance Armstrong, now 41, is an American former professional road racing cyclist. He has won the Tour de France title a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005.
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A decade ago on this day, Lance Armstrong retired after winning 7 Tour de France titles. We go back in time to look at the life of this hero, who fell from grace
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