Lance Armstrong announced last night that this will be his last ever Tour de France. Really, this time.

“And yes, this will be my final Tour de France. It’s been a great ride. Looking forward to 3 great weeks,” said the seven-times Tour winner via his Twitter feed.

Armstrong retired from professional cycling after the 2005 season, in which he won his seventh Tour de France – the most ever won by a single rider. He won the Tour every year from 1999 to 2005 with the US Postal/Discovery Channel teams in an unrivalled display of domination.

Armstrong, who famously beat testicular cancer in 1996, set up the LiveStrong cancer foundation and concentrated his efforts on his charity work during his retirement.

After a three-year lay-off, Armstrong dusted off his cycling shoes and made a comeback at the age of 38 with the Astana team at the 2009 Tour Down Under, later participating in the 2009 Tour de France. At the time, Armstrong said the comeback was to “launch an international cancer strategy, based on the fact that we lose more than eight million people around the world to this disease.”

Armstrong finished last year’s race in third, behind Astana team-mate Alberto Contador and Saxo Bank’s Andy Schleck. Armstrong and Contador had a widely publicised spat during the race which lead to the American and his long-time manager Johan Bruyneel leaving Astana to form a new team for the 2010 season, RadioShack.

Whether Armstrong elects to make this year’s Tour his last ever race remains to be seen. The Texan has been at the centre of fresh allegations of doping after former US Postal team-mate Floyd Landis accused Armstrong of taking performance-enhancing drugs during his career. A federal investigation is currently underway to ascertain whether there is any truth behind Landis’s allegations.

Armstrong turns 39 in September this year. 

The 2010 Tour de France starts in Rotterdam on Saturday, July 3, and finishes in Paris on Sunday, July 25.

Click play to watch a video montage of Armstrong’s seven Tour wins from 1999 to 2005 

Armstrong at the Tour de France
Stage wins and overall victories
1993
Tour de France; stage 8

1999
Tour de France; overall
Tour de France; prologue
Tour de France; stage 8
Tour de France; stage 9
Tour de France; stage 19

2000
Tour de France; overall
Tour de France; stage 19

2001
Tour de France; overall
Tour de France; stage 10
Tour de France; stage 11
Tour de France; stage 13
Tour de France; stage 18

2002
Tour de France; overall
Tour de France; prologue
Tour de France; stage 11
Tour de France; stage 12
Tour de France; stage 19

2003
Tour de France; overall
Tour de France; stage 15

2004
Tour de France; overall
Tour de France; stage 13
Tour de France; stage 15
Tour de France; stage 16
Tour de France; stage 17
Tour de France; stage 19

2005
Tour de France; overall
Tour de France; stage 20

2009
Tour de France; stage 4 TTT

Related links

Tour de France 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index


Lance Armstrong: Rider Profile

  • Ken Evans

    “Really, this time”

    Heard that one before.
    Is Dr Ferrari retiring then ?