Lance Armstrong

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Seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has been stripped of all his titles and issued a life ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after he decided not to contest the doping charges levelled against him. We take you through the life of this cyclist so far...

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Armstrong was born on September 18, 1971, Texas, USA. At the age of 12, he began his sporting career as a swimmer and finished fourth in Texas state 1,500-meter freestyle.

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He abandoned swimming-only competition after seeing a poster for a junior triathlon called the Iron Kids Triathlon, which he entered and won at age 13.

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Armstrong is a seven time Tour de France winner, an annual multiple stage bicycle race, after having survived testicular cancer.

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In October 1996, he was diagnosed as having testicular cancer with a tumour that had spread to his brain and lungs.

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In 1999, he was named the ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year. In 2000 he won the Prince of Asturias Award in Sports.

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Armstrong announced his retirement from racing at the end of the 2005 but returned to competitive cycling in January 2009 and finished third in the 2009 Tour de France. In 2011 he confirmed his retirement from competitive cycling for good.

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He has been accused of doping by high-profile cyclists, journalists, anti-doping agencies and US prosecutors.

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In June 2012, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) officially charged Armstrong with the consumption of illicit performance enhancing drugs, based on blood samples from 2009 and 2010, and testimonies from other cyclists.

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Armstrong has been banned for life from competing, coaching or having any official role with any Olympic or other sport that follows the World Anti-Doping Code.

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