Before moving to professional cycling, Lance Armstrong became a triathlete. Armstrong has stopped his career with testicular cancer but has won a record seven consecutive Tour de France races from 1999 on. Removed from those titles in 2012 because of evidence of improved drug use, Armstrong accepted doping in 2013, following years of denials, over the course of his cycling careers. During the first Tour, DuPont Armstrong competed in 1991, a long and hard 12-day course that spanned 1,085 miles for 11 days. While he finished in the middle of the pack, he declared an international cycling world promising newcomer. Later that summer, he won a stage at the Settimana Bergamasca Race in Italy.
After the second place in the United States. Armstrong was favored in 1992 by Olympic time trials in Barcelona, Spain to win the road race. However, he came in only 14th with a surprisingly slow performance. Armstrong became an expert soon after the Olympics and joined the cycling staff at Motorola for a decent annual salary. However, the shocking announcement of Armstrong’s diagnosis of testicular cancer came from October 1996. The tumors spread to the abdomen, lungs, and lymph nodes well advanced. Armstrong was given 65 to 85% odds of recovery, after removal from his testicles, a dramatic improvement in his dietary habits, and intensive chemotherapy. However, when doctors found tumors in the brain, the chances of survival fell to 50-50. Fortunately, the ensuing procedure was successful in removing brain tumors and Armstrong was pronounced cancer-free in February 1997 after further rounds of chemotherapy.
In the former United States, the plot thickens in 2010 Postal rider Floyd Landis has confessed to doping and accused his esteemed teammate of doing the same thing, who had been robbed of his winning 2006 Tour de France for drugs. The federal investigation led to formal charges being brought against Armstrong by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in June 2012. The case was healed in July 2012, when a few media outlets announced that 5 former teammates from Armstrong were considering testifying against Armstrong, including George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, David Zabriskie, and Christian Vande Velde — all who took the 2012 Tour de France.
The champion vehemently refused to take illegal drugs to boost his performance, and USDA ‘s charges in 2012 were no exception: he dismissed the new claims and called them “fundamentally unfounded” on 23 August 2012. Armstrong announced publicly that he would cease fighting against the recent charges from USDA. The time comes to say, ‘Enough is enough’ for me, in an online statement at that time, “There comes a point in any person’s life. “I have faced allegations that I have handled and had an unfair gain from winning my seven tournaments since 1999. The cost that my family and my work on our foundation and myself have taken me to where I am today — completed with this absurdity.”