This Day In Sports History (July 24th) — Lance Armstrong

lance armstrong 2005 tour de france

It was on this day in 2005 that Lance Armstrong retired from the sport of cycling.  He would call it a career after winning his seventh consecutive Tour de France.

After leaving the Tour so that he could focus on his fight against cancer, Armstrong returned in 1999 to win his first Tour de France title.  Some would question the legitimacy of that victory because of the absence of top riders Jan Ulrich and Marco Pantani, but Armstrong would go on to cement his place among the all-time great cyclists with a record-breaking seven consecutive Tour de France victories.  He would cap off his final Tour de France victory by crossing the line on the Champs-Élysées four minutes, 40 seconds ahead of second place rider Ivan Basso.

Since his retirement, Armstrong was accused and eventually found guilty of doping.  As a result, he has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Here is a look at Armstrong blowing away Jan Ulrich during a time trial in 2005.

Notable Birthdays

Karl Malone, NBA – Born on July 24, 1963 (age 50) in Summerfield, Louisiana

Barry Bonds, MLB – Born on July 24, 1964 (age 49) in Riverside, California

Rick Fox, NBA – Born on July 24, 1969 (age 44) in Toronto, Canada

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