Lance Armstrong (born September 18, 1971) is an American cyclist from Texas. He is most famous for recovering from cancer to subsequently win the Tour de France a record six consecutive times - 1999 to 2004. His success prompted some to nickname the event Tour de Lance.
Armstrong's achievements have been widely lauded. In 2002, Sports Illustrated magazine named him their Sportsman of the Year. He was also named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for 2002, 2003 and 2004, received ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete in 2003 and 2004, and won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality Award in 2003. In April 2005, Armstrong announced that he would retire from racing after the 2005 edition of the Tour.