In 1996, Lance Armstrong was the first of seven consecutive Tour de France winners on the US Postal Service cycling team, which was operated by Tailwind Sports, Inc. until 2004 and Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team in 2005, 2006, and 2007. So how old is Lance Armstrong? He was born in 1971 and turned 42 years old on September 18, 2013. Despite his extensive list of achievements as an athlete and cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong has also faced controversy throughout his career.
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Cycling, Road cycling, Track cycling, and Other. The Tour de France (French for Tour of France) is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. The race was first organized in 1903 to increase sales for a newspaper and has been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except when it was stopped for the two World Wars. The race consists of 20 stages over 23 days; covering a total distance of about 3,500 km (2174 mi). Since 1977, the event has begun with a short individual time trial around a circuit centered on Paris, before continuing with mostly flat stages north to south through Normandy and west-central France.
A professional cyclist, also known as a pro, is someone who competes in bicycle races on behalf of their sponsor, team, or employer; they are usually paid a salary and can work part-time or full-time as professional cyclists. Being a professional cyclist involves long hours of training and hard work. Professional cyclists have earned an annual salary that ranges between $15 000 to $100 000.
First Tour de France win
July 14, 1999 (Stage 8) at 24 years and 29 days of age. He was awarded a white jersey as a best young rider. His winning margin over second-place finisher Stefano Garzelli was 1 minute, 39 seconds. His yellow jersey of overall leader did not change hands until stage 15 when he won his first individual time trial and expanded his lead to nearly two minutes over Garzelli. By that point, it was clear that any realistic challenge to Armstrong’s win had ceased; in fact, many top riders (including favorites Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrich) were out of contention due to an unusually large number of stage-ending crashes or mechanical failures.
Seven-time Tour de France winner
And in addition to peddling his way into cycling history, he was also a cancer survivor who fought a particularly aggressive form of testicular cancer that spread to his brain and lungs. He overcame his illness and went on to win more than 22 stages, including seven of them in one Tour de France. His book, It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life, documents how he was able to go from being on my deathbed and on chemotherapy (and contemplating suicide) to winning one of the sports’ most grueling events just two years later. At age 32, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had successful surgery but it soon spread, leaving him with limited options for survival.
Faced first doping charges
In 1996, during his second year as a professional cyclist, accusations of doping were raised against Lance Armstrong. The charge was eventually dropped, though not before it affected his relationships with sponsors and team members. His first Tour de France win came just two years later in 1999. Today he’s one of seven cyclists to win seven consecutive Tour de France races; five riders have been stripped of their wins after positive drug tests. Most recently (2012), Johan Bruyneel admitted to doctors that he doped for all but one of his professional victories, including those achieved by Lance Armstrong during their time together on US Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams.
Began fighting the charges
Lance Armstrong began fighting doping charges in October of 2012. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) handed down a lifetime ban for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. The charges were for allegedly performing with banned substances during his 7 Tour de France victories from 1999 to 2005. He denies all allegations, claiming that he never had used any performance enhancers and that he’s going to appeal all sanctions against him. He and some of his lawyers argue that there are serious issues with USADA’s credibility, as they did not test him between 1998 and 2005, whereas other doping agencies did investigate and charge him after each win during those years.
Retired after 2005 season
A professional cyclist since 1992, Lance Armstrong came to dominate road racing during his career. He won seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005 and was named Sports Illustrated’s Athlete of the Decade for 2000 to 2009. Though he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012 following an investigation into doping violations, Armstrong continues to race occasionally in triathlons. He turns 43 on September 18, 2014. As of 2015, he lives in Austin, Texas.
2006 – 2009 years later he returned to cycling in 2009, but it was announced that he would no longer ride competitively, but rather make efforts toward promoting cancer awareness.
He announced his return to cycling in 2009 with Team RadioShack, although he could no longer ride competitively and would instead shift his focus toward working as a cancer awareness advocate. In 2012, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which he had treated successfully. In 2014, USADA stripped him of all seven Tour de France titles for violations of anti-doping regulations. He was found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs and given a lifetime ban from the competition by CAS.