Lance Armstrong has done it. Not only has he become the only man in history to win six Tours de France, he has won them all in a row! I think the American public is slowly being educated on what a phenomenal achievement winning just one Tour de France is…
I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the Lance that us diehard cycling fans have known about for years…
At just 16 years old, Lance turns pro as a triathlete… his prowess in cycling leads him to move toward that sport exclusively.
In 1993, he wins 10 major events and becomes the youngest World Champion in the road race in history.
In 1995, with Team Motorola, his first Tour de France appearance, the steals stage 18, but is not a threat to win the event.
October 1996 Lance is diagnosed with testicular cancer and undergoes surgery and chemotherapy. It is doubtful he will ever race again. Motorola drops his insurance and cancels his cycling contract.
With newly formed, US Postal Racing, Lance returns to racing in spring of 1998
In 1999, he makes his return to the Tour de France and after winning four stages, becomes only the second American to win the Tour. (Greg LeMond won it three times)
In 2000, Lance becomes a father for the first time, wins his second straight Tour de France and is crowned King of the Mountains.
Despite being involved in a car crash on the drive to the Sydney Olympics, Lance recovers enough to win the bronze medal.
2001 brings a third consecutive Tour title and the following November Lance is a father again, this time to twins.
2002 and Lance wins his fourth in a row, this time the US Postal team is without a doubt the strongest team in the race.
Armstrong triumphs again in 2003 to join Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault and Indurain, as an all-time Tour de France great – winning five tours. Armstrong and Indurain are the only two to win five in a row.
The undisputed top rider of all time in the Tour de France, Armstrong wins his sixth straight today.