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Lance Armstrong: Cycling

Lance Edward Armstrong (born September 18, 1971 in Plano, Texas, U.S.) was a professional American cyclist and is one of the most influential athletes of the 21st century.  He became a professional triathlete at the age of 16 and in 1989, the U.S. Olympic development team invited him to train as a cyclist. In 1992, Armstrong became a professional cyclist for the Motorola team. He also became part of the teams Cofidis, U.S. Postal, Discovery Channel, Astana and Team RadioShack. In 1996, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer but recovered several years later. Lance Armstrong was stripped of the seven Tour de France titles he won from 1999 to 2005 due confirmed use performance-enhancing drugs.

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Aside from Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France wins and Olympic medals (which were later stripped from him after he admitted drug taking), he also won One-day races and Classics including 1993 World Cycling Championship, 1993 U.S. National Cycling Championship, 1995 Clasica de San Sebastian and 1996 La Fleche Wallone. Armstrong also won a record-breaking Male Athlete of the Year from 2002 to 2005, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2002 and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2008.

Why Was He So Good?

What made Lance Armstrong was his exceptional willpower to partake and win cycling events even after battling testicular cancer that almost ended his life. He seemed committed to his profession and helped in raising the popularity of cycling throughout the entire globe (though this became a farce after being outed as a drug cheat).

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