He was 97th in the general classification when he retired after stage 12.
He collected the Thrift Drug Triple Crown of Cycling: the Thrift Drug Classic in Pittsburgh, the K-Mart West Virginia Classic, and the Core States USPRO national championship in Philadelphia.
In the aftermath of his fall from grace, a CNN article wrote that "The epic downfall of cycling's star, once an idolized icon of millions around the globe, stands out in the history of professional sports." He was named after Lance Rentzel, a Dallas Cowboys wide receiver. The next year, his mother married Terry Keith Armstrong, a wholesale salesman, who adopted Lance that year. At the age of 12, Armstrong started his sporting career as a swimmer at the City of Plano Swim Club and finished fourth in Texas state 1,500-meter freestyle.
He stopped swimming-only races after seeing a poster for a junior triathlon, called the Iron Kids Triathlon, which he won at age 13.
At 16, Lance Armstrong became a professional triathlete and became national sprint-course triathlon champion in 19 at 18 and 19, respectively.
Before his World Championships win, he took his first win at the Tour de France, in the stage from Châlons-sur-Marne to Verdun.
Two months later, in October 1996, he was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer.
On October 2, 1996, at age 25, Armstrong was diagnosed with stage three (advanced) testicular cancer (embryonal carcinoma).
In 2012, a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation concluded that Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs over the course of his career As a result, he was stripped of all of his achievements from August 1998 onward, including his seven Tour de France titles.
He also received a lifetime ban from all sports that follow the World Anti-Doping Code—ending his competitive career.