Historic Overview Lance Armstrong

Rider

Overall Rank39
NameLance ARMSTRONG
Country
  United States
Date of birth18-Sep-1971 - Plano (Texas)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Lance Armstrong

Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is an American former professional and disgraced road racing cyclist. Armstrong is the 1993 professional world champion, and won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. However, in 2012, he was banned from sanctioned Olympic sports for life as a result of long-term doping offenses. As part of those sanctions, all results going back to August 1998, including his seven Tour wins, were voided and was stripped of these title wins.

At age 16, Armstrong began competing as a triathlete and was a national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990. In 1992, Armstrong began his career as a professional cyclist with the Motorola team. He had notable success between 1993 and 1996, including stage 8 of the Tour de France and the World Championship in 1993, the Clásica de San Sebastián in 1995, Tour DuPont in 1995 and 1996, and a handful of stage victories in Europe, including stage 18 of the 1995 Tour de France.

In 1996, he was diagnosed with a potentially fatal metastatic testicular cancer. After his recovery, he founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation (now the Livestrong Foundation) to assist other cancer survivors.

Returning to cycling in 1998, he was a member of the US Postal/Discovery team between 1998 and 2005, when he won his Tour de France titles, as well as a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Armstrong retired from racing at the end of the 2005 Tour de France, but returned to competitive cycling with the Astana team in January 2009, finishing third in the 2009 Tour de France later that year. Between 2010 and 2011, he raced with Team Radio Shack, the UCI ProTeam he helped found. He retired for a second time in 2011.

Armstrong had been the subject of doping allegations ever since winning the 1999 Tour de France. In 2012, a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation concluded that Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs over the course of his career and named him as the ringleader of "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." Armstrong chose not to contest the charges, citing the potential toll on his family. As a result, he was stripped of all of his achievements from August 1998 onward, including his seven Tour de France titles. He also received a lifetime ban from all sports that follow the World Anti-Doping Code—ending his competitive career. The International Cycling Union (UCI) upheld USADA's decision and decided that his stripped wins would not be allocated to other riders. Armstrong chose not to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In a 2013 interview, Armstrong confessed that some of the allegations were true. He declined to testify about the full extent of his use of the drugs. In the aftermath of his fall from grace, a CNN article wrote that "The epic downfall of cycling's star, once an idolized icon of millions around the globe, stands out in the history of professional sports." In a 2015 interview with BBC News, Armstrong stated that if it was still 1995, he would "probably do it again." In April 2018 Armstrong settled a civil lawsuit with the United States Department of Justice and agreed to pay US$5 million to the U.S. Government after whistleblower proceedings were commenced by Floyd Landis, a former team member. It was alleged that Armstrong violated his contract with the United States Postal Service and committed fraud when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Major Victories

Dauphiné Libéré 2002, 2003
Tour de Suisse 2000, 2001
Tour de France 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
La Flèche Wallonne 1996
World Championships Road Race 1993
Clasica San Sebastian 1995
Dauphiné Libéré - stages 1999 (1), 2000 (1), 2002 (1), 2003 (1)
Tour de Suisse - stages 2000 (2), 2001 (2)
Tour de France - stages 1993 (1), 1995 (1), 1999 (4), 2000 (1), 2001 (4), 2002 (4), 2003 (1), 2004 (5), 2005 (1)

Seasons

Lance Armstrong - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1992 Motorola 263 200
2. 1993 Motorola 1193 25
3. 1994 Motorola 1090 33
4. 1995 Motorola 1034 35
5. 1996 Motorola 1665 19
6. 1997 Cofidis 0 877
7. 1998 US Postal Service 1117 28
8. 1999 US Postal Service 1745 9
9. 2000 US Postal Service 1857 10
10. 2001 US Postal Service 1863 10
11. 2002 US Postal Service 2174 5
12. 2003 US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor 1960 6
13. 2004 US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor 1608 12
14. 2005 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 1516 15
15. 2009 Astana 827 53
16. 2010 Team Radioshack 546 104
17. 2011 Team Radioshack 6 1318
Overall: 20464 39