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Armstrong photos

Lance Armstrong started out as a triathlete

Lance Armstrong becomes a professional triathlete at 16, but he soon turns his attention to cycling

Arstong won his first Tour de France stage in 1993

In 1993, the Texan wins stage eight of the Tour de France - his first victory on the Tour

Armstrong is diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996

Having won stage 18 in 1995, injury forces Armstrong to retire from the Tour a year later

Armstrong at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta

He goes on to represent the United States at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics but is diagnosed with testicular cancer three months later

Lance Armstrong is given the all-clear in 2007

Armstrong makes a remarkable recovery and gets the all-clear in February 1997 before returning to racing in May 1998

Armstrong set-up the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997

He sets-up the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 to help those suffering from cancer and has since raised more than $250m

Arrmstrong wins his first Tour in 1999

Three years after being diagnosed with cancer, Armstrong wins the 1999 Tour de France

Armstrong wins a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games

A year after his first Tour victory, Armstrong wins bronze in the men's individual time trial at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney

Lance Arsmtrong wins his seventh Tour title in 2005

Six more Tour de France victories follow, his seventh and last coming in 2005

Madame Tussauds create a wax work of Armstrong in 2005

His achievements are recognised by Madame Tussauds in New York who immortalise Armstrong in wax

Armstrong had a number of high profile relationships after splitting from wife Kristin Richard

Armstrong has dated a string of celebrities including singer Cheryl Crow (left), designer Tory Burch (top right) and actress Kate Hudson

Armstrong poses with tennis star Andrew Agassi at then launch of Athletes for Hope

Armstrong has continued his charity work and along with Mohammed Ali and Andre Agassi (left) he helped launch Athletes for Hope in 2007

Armstrong runs in this year's Boston marathon

The 37-year-old has kept himself fit by running in several marathons, the most recent being this year's Boston marathon

Armstrong finishes second at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in August this year

Armstrong finishes second at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in August prompting him to come out of retirement for the 2009 Tour

see also
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Armstrong to make shock comeback
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Mixed reaction to Armstrong news
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606 Debate: Armstrong's return
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Understanding the Tour de France
03 Jul 07 |  Cycling
Au revoir Lance
25 Jul 05 |  Cycling
All hail the king
24 Jul 05 |  Cycling
Armstrong seals seventh Tour win
24 Jul 05 |  Cycling

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