Lance Armstrong to Retire after 7th Tour de France Defense

Lance Armstrong has announced that he will retire after this summer’s Tour de France.

Armstrong to retire after going for 7th Tour de France title in July (AP)

Lance Armstrong will retire from professional cycling after this summer’s Tour de France, ending one of the great careers in all sports. “Ultimately, athletes have to retire … the body doesn’t just keep going and going,” Armstrong said Monday at a news conference.

The 33-year-old Texan will attempt to win his record seventh straight Tour de France in July. Before Armstrong, Miguel Indurain’s five straight Tour de France wins were the record.

He’s had a phenomenal career, even aside from having won most of his victories after coming back from cancer. It would be icing on the cake to win his 7th on the way out.

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  1. Kathy K says:

    I hope he wins it again!