He collected the Thrift Drug Triple Crown of Cycling: the Thrift Drug Classic in Pittsburgh, the K-Mart West Virginia Classic, and the Core States USPRO national championship in Philadelphia.He is alleged by another cyclist competing in the Core States Road Race to have bribed that cyclist so that he would not compete with Armstrong for the win.He stopped swimming-only races after seeing a poster for a junior triathlon, called the Iron Kids Triathlon, which he won at age 13.
Two months later, in October 1996, he was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer.Lance Armstrong will be allowed to use the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in professional cycling in the 1990s and 2000s as evidence in his defence in a 0 million lawsuit being brought against him by the US federal government.The premise of the case is that Armstrong and the Tailwind Sports management company that owned the US Postal team, defrauded the government out of funds as Armstrong and other members of the team used performance-enhancing drugs.He also received a lifetime ban from all sports that follow the World Anti-Doping Code—ending his competitive career.In the aftermath of his fall from grace, a CNN article wrote that "The epic downfall of cycling's star, once an idolized icon of millions around the globe, stands out in the history of professional sports." He was named after Lance Rentzel, a Dallas Cowboys wide receiver. The next year, his mother married Terry Keith Armstrong, a wholesale salesman, who adopted Lance that year. At the age of 12, Armstrong started his sporting career as a swimmer at the City of Plano Swim Club and finished fourth in Texas state 1,500-meter freestyle.In 1992, Armstrong began his career as a professional cyclist with the Motorola team.