Armstrong is the 1993 professional world champion, and won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005.However, in 2012, he was banned from sanctioned Olympic sports for life as a result of long-term doping offenses.Returning to cycling in 1998, he was a member of the US Postal/Discovery team between 19, when he won his Tour de France titles, as well as a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics.It may be difficult to see around Lance Armstrong, but the woman who continues to stand by his side in support during this tumultuous time is his partner Anna Hansen.In 1996, he was diagnosed with a potentially fatal metastatic testicular cancer.
But that was all before the US Anti-Doping Agency found that his team had run "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." As we know now, Armstrong used a variety of performance-enhancing drugs, and all his wins in the greatest bicycle race were eventually stripped from him.
To this day, Armstrong still blasts USADA, calling it "one of the most ineffective and inefficient organizations in the world" and claiming its CEO, Travis Tygart, went after him only because he needed a case and a story.
Armstrong didn't act alone, and it was, darkly so, a team effort.
As y’all can imagine, the last half of those nine years hasn’t exactly been smooth. In 2013, Hansen’s father, David Hansen, spoke about his daughter’s relationship with Armstrong when his life got flipped upside down. Not only had Hansen met Armstrong when he had cancer, but she remained by his side after he admitted to doping.
She’s been a pillar of strength and love for me and our entire family. “Listen, things obviously went haywire for him, but my daughter is a very strong person. You can watch Armstrong’s admission to Oprah Winfrey in the video below. Their son, Max, was born in July 2009 and their daughter, Olivia, was born in October 2010.