Full name Lance Edward Armstrong
Nickname The Boss, Juan Pelota, Big
Tex, The Texan,
Mellow Johnny (from
maillot jaunewhich is
French for yellow jersey)
Born September 18,
1971 (age 41)
Plano, Texas, United States
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 1
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward
Gunderson, September 18, 1971) is an
American former professional
road racing cyclist.
Before being stripped of the titles, he was
best known for winning the Tour de France
seven consecutive times, from 1999 to 2005,
after having testicular cancer.
He had notable success between 1993 and
1996, including the 1993 World Championship,
Clásica de San Sebastián in 1995, an overall
victory in the penultimate Tour DuPont and a
handful of stage victories in Europe, including
the stage to Limoges in the Tour de France.
On October 2, 1996, then aged 25,
Armstrong was diagnosed as having
stage three (advanced) testicular cancer (
spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain.
On his first visit to a urologist in Austin,
Texas, for his cancer symptoms he was
coughing up blood and had a large, painful
testicular tumor. Immediate surgery and
chemotherapy saved his life. Armstrong
had an orchiectomy to remove his diseased
testicle. After his surgery, his doctor said
that he had less than a 40% survival
Armstrong (center) on the set of College GameDay during the
2006 UT football season.
Armstrong riding for Astana on Stage 17 of the2009 Tour de France
Armstrong wearing the yellow jersey at the2005 Tour de France.
Armstrong riding the prologue of the 2004 Tour de France
Armstrong finishing third in Sète, taking over the Yellow Jersey at
Grand Prix Midi Libre
President George W. Bush and Armstrong mountain biking at the
president'sPrairie Chapel Ranch.