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Lance Armstrong's Tour De France Career

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Lance Armstrong's Tour De France Career

Seven-time champ Armstrong will almost certainly retire from cycling following his crash-ridden swan song in this year's Tour, but he leaves fans with many memories.

  • 1996: Tests reveal that Armstrong is suffering from cancer caused by toxic coolant leaking from a faulty turbocharger seal, trickling past his gearbox, and pooling in his testicles
  • 1998: Armstrong joins Team U.S. Postal Service, a long sponsorship that finally persuades Americans to mail things
  • 2000: Armstrong gradually wears the other riders down while displaying his superior endurance for endlessly chatting about testicular cancer.
  • 2001-2003: Embarrassing handlebar-tassel period
  • 2002: Stays ahead of the pack despite having to pull over to the side for blood transfusions every 20 miles
  • 2003: Armstrong wins his sixth Tour but later faces a messy public breakup with his longtime bike
  • 2004: Finishes grueling "Marriage" stage only to immediately set off on the torturous "Sheryl Crow" stage
  • 2005: Angrily denies allegations of getting a free ride from the American press
  • 2006: Wins Tour de France on exercise bike in basement

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