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Name: Lance Edward Armstrong                                                       
Born: 18 September 1971 Country United States                                       
Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired   
American professional road racing cyclist. He won the Tour de France seven         
consecutive times, from 1999 to 2005. In doing so, he beat the previous records     
of five wins by Miguel Indurain (consecutive) and Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx     
and Jacques Anquetil. Previous to this achievement he also survived testicular     
cancer, a germ cell tumor that metastasized to his brain and lungs in 1996. His     
cancer treatments included brain and testicular surgery, and extensive             
In 1999, he was named ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year. In 2002,     
Sports Illustrated magazine named him Sportsman of the Year. He was also named     
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. He       
received ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006,     
and won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality Award in       
2003. Armstrong retired from racing on July 24, 2005, at the end of the 2005       
Tour de France.