• 1. At the age of 20, Armstrong became the US National Amateur champion, winning the First Union Grand Prix and the Thrift Drug Classic.Reuters
  • 2. Armstrong came 14 th in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and turns pro later.Reuters
  • 3. The US cyclist won the World Road Championship in Norway, United States National Road Race Championship and also wins a stage in his first appearance in Tour de France in 1993.Reuters
  • 4. At the age of 23, he won the most important race in US- Tour DuPont and Clasica de San Sebastian in 1995.Reuters
  • 5. He won La Fleche Wallonne in 1996 and also in October, the World's best cyclist undergoes surgery and 12 weeks of chemotherapy for treating cancer.Reuters
  • 6. He forms Lance Armstrong Foundation- Livestrong- just after being treated for cancer.Reuters
  • 7. In 1998, after being declared cancer-free, Armstrong made his comeback with Vuelta a Espana, where he stood fourth. He also won Tour de Luxembourg, the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt and Cascade Classic.Reuters
  • 8. In 1999, Armstrong made history by winning first Tour de France and became second American to win the title.Reuters
  • 9. He won second Tour de France title in 2000 and also published a book "It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life"Reuters
  • 10. He dominates the sport by winning Tour de France from 2001 to 2003.Reuters
  • 11. In 2004, Armstrong gets accused of using PEDs after he won his sixth Tour de France title.Reuters
  • 12. The cyclist won his straight seventh Tour de France title in 2005, before he announced his retirement.Reuters
  • 13. After repeated denial, Armstrong got cleared of doping by the authorities.Reuters
  • 14. French anti-doping agency AFLD accused Armstrong again in 2009 meanwhile; he stood third in Tour de France in his comeback year.Reuters
  • 15. Accusations follow and the performance deteriorates. In 2010, Armstrong stood 23 rd in Tour de France.Reuters
  • 16. In 2012, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency formally charged him with doping and trafficking performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong gets stripped of all seven Tour de France titles and loses major sponsorships.Reuters
  • 17. In 2013, admits to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.Reuters

Lance Armstrong, who was one of the most iconic athletes, has confessed to usage of performance enhancement drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, leaving little glory to his name. However, he still claims that he would have continued lying if not caught.

The US pro-cyclist has the most controversial history, from beginning to end. He was regarded as one of the most inspirational sportsmen who came out from a life-threatening disease to conquer the world. He fought his battle against cancer and then emerged out to be a hero, winning seven Tour de France titles in a sport that is arguably the world's most thrilling competition in cycling.

He not only fought off cancer but also popularised a niche sport worldwide. However, the fame and money could only last for a while after he was accused of doping and was stripped off from all his titles.

Have a look at the cyclist's life, from the highs to lows.