The 41-year-old managed to win his first major title (champion of the USA Triathlon) in 1989. However, Lance along with his coaches quickly realised that the bike riding is his strongest side where he can achieve unprecedented heights.
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He became one of the youngest riders to win the world championship in 1993. This was followed by winning the individual stages of Olympus cycling including "Tour de France" and the title of number one cyclist in the United States.
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Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer in the abdominal cavity, lungs, and, worst of all, the brain. Though the chances of the athlete’s survival were not good enough, Lance did not give up and managed to win the battle against cancer. The legendary athlete made a remarkable return and managed to rediscover his old form.
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After seven consecutive wins “Tour de France”, Armstrong announced his retirement. However in 2008, the athlete resumed his career and unlike many veterans, Armstrong did not come back for the money. He pedalled for a cause, giving people knowledge about cancer patients and their problems.
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Surprisingly, Armstrong won bronze in 2009 after taking third place at "Tour de France" and in 2011, Lance announced his retirement for the second time in his career.
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Only a year later, the American Association for the fight against doping accused Armstrong for using illicit drugs. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped the famous American cyclist of the bronze medal earned during 2000 Sydney Olympics.
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24 August 2012 was the saddest day for all cycling fans, referees and cyclists. On this day, the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Committee (USADA) found Armstrong guilty of using performance enhancing drugs.
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