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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 July, 2005, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Armstrong's career in photos
Lance Armstrong competes in the Jeep Triathlon Grand Prix in America
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Lance Armstrong becomes a professional triathlete aged 16 - but swimming and running soon give way to cycling
Lance Armstrong wins the individual road race at the World Cycling Championships in Oslo, Norway
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In 1993 Armstrong wins a total of 10 titles and becomes the youngest road racing world champion in history
Lance Armstrong celebrates winning the 18th stage of the Tour de France in Limoges
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Armstrong gets his first taste of Tour de France success in 1995 when he wins the 18th stage of the great race
Lance Armstrong, recovering from testicular cancer, visits the Tour de France during stage nine between Pau and Loudenvielle
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In October 1996, Armstrong is diagnosed with testicular cancer and undergoes surgery and chemotherapy
Armstrong rides for charity at the Ikon 'Race For The Roses' in Austin, Texas
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Armstrong gets the all-clear in February 1997 and returns to racing in May 1998, winning several low-key races
Lance Armstrong cycles round the Champs Elysees with the USA flag after winning the 1999 Tour de France
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Armstrong returns to Le Tour in 1999 and wins four stages to become Tour de France champion for the first time
Lance Armstrong celebrates being race winner with son Luke after the final stage of the 2000 Tour De France
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Armstrong becomes a dad in 2000 and adds a second Tour de France title, during which he is named King of the Mountains
Lance 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, Armstrong recovers to win a bronze medal
Lance Armstrong wins his third consecutive Tour de France on the Champs Elysees
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2001 brings a third consecutive Tour title and the following November Armstrong is a father again, this time to twins
Lance Armstrong and US Postal team-mates pose in front of the Arc de Triomphe after Lance's fourth Tour de France victory
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Armstrong clinches the Tour de France for a fourth time in 2002 - with the help of his US Postal team-mates
Lance Armstrong wins an award at the Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony held in Monte Carlo, Monaco
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Armstrong is the first American to win four straight Tours and he is named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2003
Lance Armstrong, Jan Ullrich and Alexandre Vinokourov stand on the podium in Paris
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Armstrong triumphs again in 2003 to join Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault and Indurain as an all-time Tour de France great
Lance Armstrong strolls to another Tour de France victory in Paris
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But Armstrong betters the five Tour wins of the cycling greats by sealing his record-breaking sixth victory in July 2004
Six-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong announces his intention to retire
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In April 2005, Armstrong calls time on a 14-year career, confirming: "Le Tour will be my last professional race"
Lance Armstrong wins a seventh tour title
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Armstrong finishes his Tour de France career in some style as he takes a magnificent seventh title

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Armstrong seals seventh Tour win
24 Jul 05 |  Cycling
Armstrong to bow out after Tour
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Lance Armstrong timeline
19 Jul 04 |  Cycling

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