on September 18, 1971) is an American former professional road racing cyclist.Armstrong is the 1993 professional world champion, and won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005.At 16, Lance Armstrong became a professional triathlete and became national sprint-course triathlon champion in 19 at 18 and 19, respectively.In 1992 Armstrong turned professional with the Motorola Cycling Team, the successor of 7-Eleven team.His successes in Europe occurred when he placed second in Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the Clásica de San Sebastián, where just two years before, he had finished in last place as his first all-pro event in Europe.He won the Clásica de San Sebastián in 1995, followed by an overall victory in the penultimate Tour Du Pont and a handful of stage victories in Europe, including the stage to Limoges in the Tour de France, three days after the death of his teammate Fabio Casartelli, who crashed on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet on the 15th stage. He became the first American to win the La Flèche Wallonne and again won the Tour Du Pont.He is alleged by another cyclist competing in the Core States Road Race to have bribed that cyclist so that he would not compete with Armstrong for the win.In 1994, he again won the Thrift Drug Classic and came second in the Tour Du Pont in the United States.
In 1992, Armstrong began his career as a professional cyclist with the Motorola team.
Asked in a later interview what he thought Armstrong's chances of survival were, Reeves said "Almost none.
We told Lance initially 20 to 50% chance, mainly to give him hope.
However, he was able to compete for only five days in the Tour de France.
In the 1996 Olympic Games, he finished 6th in the time trial and 12th in the road race.