Tour de France champion and cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong announced he is retiring from professional cycling.
Lance Armstrong is a seven year champion of Tour de France. He founded the Livestrong Foundation to assist patients and survivors of all types of cancer.
"Today, I am announcing my retirement from professional cycling in order to devote myself full-time to my family, to the fight against cancer and to leading the foundation I established before I won my first Tour de France. My focus now is raising my five children, promoting the mission of LIVESTRONG, and growing entrepreneurial ventures with our great corporate partners in the fight against cancer," said Lance Armstrong.
In 2009, Armstrong returned to professional cycling to bring more awareness to Livestrong Global Cancer Campaign. He became a popular spokesperson for cancer research after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996.
"On behalf of the LIVESTRONG Board of Directors, I want to thank Lance for his unfailing devotion to our cause, for the great work he's done to spur global awareness of cancer and for his continuing commitment to 28 million survivors," said Mark McKinnon, Vice Chairman, Public Strategies, Inc. "Lance's return as a full-time leader for LIVESTRONG couldn't come at a better time. We have great opportunities and challenges ahead of us this year. "
His cycling career has been tainted by allegations of doping Â– the use of performance enhancing drugs. It was never proven.
Lance Armstrong visits with young cancer survivors at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Livestrong Foundation