• Lance Armstrong's sporting career began when became a professional triathlete at the age of 16.
  • Having switched his attention to cycling, he won his first stage in the Tour de France in 1993.
  • In the same year Armstrong, pictured with mother Linda (left), celebrated victory at the UCI Road World Championship in Norway.
  • His performance on home soil at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta was disappointing and it was shortly afterwards that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
  • Despite the cancer spreading all over his body, Armstrong was given the all-clear and is pictured later that year with future team-mate George Hincapie.
  • By 1998 he was back in full training and preparing to compete for the US Postal team.
  • Armstrong and his team-mates rode in the 1999 Tour de France and dominated the race.
  • He would go on to secure his first TDF victory in Paris by over seven minutes.
  • In 2000 he retained his Tour de France crown but this time beat great rivals Marco Pantani (pictured) and Jan Ulrich who did not compete in 1999.
  • At the Sydney Olympics in 2000 Armstrong has to settle for bronze in teh road race behind Ulrich (left) and gold medallist Viacheslav Ekimov.
  • But Armstrong was back on the top step of the podium in Paris a year later and would go on to dominate the TDF in the years ahead.
  • His success saw him achieve worldwide fame off his bike and his Livestrong charity would help raise millions for the fight against cancer.
  • In 2005 he recorded his seventh consecutive, and final, victory in the Tour de France.
  • He would announce that it would be his final TDF as he confirmed plans to retire from the sport.
  • Despite constant rumours about alleged doping, Armstrong was cleared of any wrongdoing in 2005 by an independent investigation.
  • In 2008 the American revealed plans to return to the sport and joined the Astana team to compete in the 2009 Tour de France.
  • But he would have to settle for third place overall with team-mate Alberto Contador (left) winning the race.
  • In 2010 he joined the RadioShack team and confirmed he would compete in one last Tour de France, eventually finishing down in 23rd place.
  • But after being accused of doping by Floyd Landis in 2010, another former team-mate, Tyler Hamilton (pictured), alleged Armstrong had used drugs in 2011.
  • In 2012, Usada chief executive Travis Tygart released a damning document detailing Armstrong's drug use, containing statements from 11 former team-mates.
  • Armstrong continues to deny the claims made against him but, having opted against defending himself, his legacy and reputation lies in ruins.
  • On 22nd October 2012, the UCI accept the US Anti-Doping Agency findings and ban Armstrong for life plus strip seven Tour de France titles.
  • In January 2013, Lance Armstrong agrees to do a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey where he admits to doping during all seven Tour de France victories.

Lance Armstrong career

Lance Armstrong's sporting career began when became a professional triathlete at the age of 16.