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Last Updated: Tuesday April 19 2005 11:32 GMT

In pictures: Lance Armstrong's career

Lance Armstrong competes in a triathlon
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You may know Lance Armstrong as a cyclist, but he started as a professional triathlete aged 16. That means swimming, cycling and running in one race.
Armstrong wins at the World Cycling Championships
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In 1993 Armstrong won 10 titles and became the youngest road racing World Champion in history.
Lance celebrates winning the 18th stage of the Tour de France in Limoges
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Armstrong got his first taste of Tour de France success in 1995 when he won the 18th stage of the great race.
Lance, recovering from testicular cancer, visits the Tour de France
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Tragedy struck in October 1996 when Lance was diagnosed with cancer and needed surgery and chemotherapy.
Armstrong rides for charity at the Ikon 'Race For The Roses' in Austin, Texas
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Armstrong was given the all-clear in February 1997 and returned to racing in May 1998, winning several low-key races.
Lance Armstrong after winning the 1999 Tour de France
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Armstrong returned to Le Tour in 1999 and won four stages, becoming Tour de France champion for the first time.
Lance celebrates with son Luke after winning the 2000 Tour De France
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Armstrong became a dad in 2000 and added a second Tour de France title.
Armstrong wins a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000
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Despite being in a car crash in the run-up to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Lance recovered to win a bronze medal.
Lance Armstrong wins his third consecutive Tour de France
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A third consecutive Tour title came in 2001 and the following November Lance became a father again, this time to twins.
Lance Armstrong and his US Postal team
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Lance clinched the Tour de France for a fourth time in 2002 - with the help of his US Postal team-mates.
Lance wins an award at the Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony
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Armstrong was the first American to win four straight Tours and was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2003.
Lance Armstrong on the podium in Paris
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Armstrong triumphed again in 2003 for a fifth victory - something only four other riders have done.
Lance strolls to another Tour de France victory in Paris
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Lance bettered the five Tour wins of the cycling greats by sealing his record-breaking sixth Tour de France in July 2004.
Six-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong announces his intention to retire
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In April 2005, Armstrong called time on a 14-year career confirming: "Le Tour will be my last professional race"


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