Thursday 25 December 2014

Lance Armstrong career in pictures

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(Clockwise from upper left) 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 and 1999 of US cyclist Lance Armstrong posing on the podium on the Champs-Elysees in Paris after winning the Tour de France cylcing race. Photos: Getty Images
Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France in 1999. He is seen here celebrating with his wife Kristin, left, and his mother Linda on the Champs Elysees after the 20th and final stage of the Tour. Photo: AP
He went on to win the Tour de France a further 6 times in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. Photo: AP
US Lance Armstrong shows seven fingers (meaning seven victories) before the 21st stage of the 92nd Tour de France cycling race between Corbeil-Essonnes and the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Photo: Getty Images
Armstrong has always denied claims he ever used performance-enhancing drugs during his career and has never failed a test. Photo: Reuters
His former team-mates Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton have both accused Armstrong of doping. Both Landis and Hamilton have also been punished for doping. Photo: Getty Images
Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich in 2003
For much of his career, Armstrong has faced persistent allegations of doping. A number of high-profile cyclists and assorted journalists have alleged that he cheated. However, no allegations have ever been substantiated
Lance Armstrong celebrating with his wife Kristin, his son Luke and his twin daughters Isabella Rose and Grace Elizabeth signal five, after the 20th and final stage of the 2003 Tour de France in Paris. The couple filed for divorce in September 2003. Photo: PA
Armstrong began dating singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow in the autumn of 2003 and revealed their relationship in January 2004. The couple announced their engagement in September 2005 and their split in February 2006. Photo: Reuters
On October 2, 1996, then aged 25, Armstrong was diagnosed as having developed stage three testicular cancer. The cancer spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. His cancer went into complete remission, and by January 1998 he was already engaged in serious training for racing. Photo: Reuters
Lance Armstrong of Discovery Channel Team races towards the finish line of the fifteenth stage of the 2005 Tour de France cycling race
Discovery Channel team rider Armstrong passes the Arc de Triomphe in Paris after winning his seventh Tour de France. Photo: Reuters
Lance Armstrong (yellow jersey) of the USA riding for the Discovery Channel cycling team and Mickael Rasmussen (white jersey with red spots) of Denmark from Rabobank team during the stage 16 of the 92nd Tour de France between Mourenx and Pau on July 19, 2005, France. Photo: Getty Images
Yellow jersey Lance Armstrong of the US is cheered by enthusiastic fans as he speeds pass during the 19th stage of the Tour de France 2000
Yellow jersey Lance Armstrong of the US is cheered by enthusiastic fans as he speeds pass during the 19th stage of the Tour de France 2000. Photo: Getty Images
In May 2010 Lance Armstrong crashed during the Tour of California and had to withdraw from the race. Photo: AP
On June 28, 2010 Armstrong announced via Twitter that the 2010 edition would be his final Tour de France. Photo: Getty Images
Lance Armstrong announced his retirement from competitive cycling 'for good' on February 16, 2011. Photo: Getty Images

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