Lance Armstrong retired officially yesterday, indicating he will not ride the Quiznos Challenge or Tour of California in 2011. Lance won seven Tours de France, was a world champion and served as an inspiration for millions of cancer survivors while raising money and awareness through his foundation. Today, forget just for a moment the drug accusations and the federal investigation. Wasn’t it just fun to watch him race? Yes, I believe it was. The Bohunk can admit that there is an awful lot of indication of wrongdoing, but nothing has stuck yet. So, regardless if you hate Lance, or love him, and you probably aren’t in between, enjoy a few pictures from his amazing career….
A young, world champion Lance Armstrong and American Tour champ Greg LeMond…This may be the only friendly conversation the two ever had.
A grainy look at Lance on the brink. One of his later chemo treatments in the mid 90’s.
Sestriere in 1999: The attack that won him
the Tour and made him the best climber in
the world over Marco Pantani.
The Look: 2001, Lance takes a peep at rival Jan Ulrich. Lance went; Ulrich could not.
Lance won his seventh tour in 2005, and retired shortly after.
Comeback 2.0 resulted in a third at the Tour and, as Lance often said himself, it was a lot more work.
Crashes marred 2010, including this one at the Tour of California, the same day Floyd Landis began his campaign against Lance in the press.
We will leave Lance here, on his way to 23rd place at the Tour in 2010, but still riding well even at 38 years old.