Lance Armstrong is going to attempt to win the Tour de France for an eighth time, coming out of retirement for the 2009 cycling season.
With seven consecutive Tour wins from 1999 to 2005, Armstrong is an icon around the World, known for an ability to fight not only severe lactic acid build up, but undeniable odds, also winning a serious battle with cancer in 1996.
Armstrong has also dealt with a very weak relationship with the French sports community. The guy has been accused again and again of using banned substances in previous seasons. In fact, the Tour de France organizers, the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), said in October that his return would be “embarrassing.” In his memoir, Every Second Counts“, Armstrong talked about the countless times that he’d get surprise visits from anti-doping specialists to make sure he wasn’t using.
And he never was. Despite wild claims otherwise, Armstrong has never tested positive for banned performance enhancing substances. Yep – it turns out he’s all natural power and win or lose in 2009, I’m certain he’ll give us a display of pure fierceness that we’ve come to expect from the man.