After contemplating what kind of life he should lead, he decided that a return to racing would signify that he had beat the cancer.
Upon returning to peloton, Lance searched for another goal. Through consultations with friends, coaches and other athletes, he decided that a return to the Tour de France would be his next goal.
Before the cancer, Lance was a powerful rider who had a build more similar to an American football player than a bicycle racer.
After the cancer, however, his body dropped most of its muscle mass. Through training, Armstrong further streamlined his body and rebuilt himself into a Tour de France contender. His weight after the rebuild was 15 pounds (7 kg) less than his racing weight prior to the cancer.
The muscles in Lance’s upper body didn’t get rebuilt to the same level as before. This allowed Lance to ride the high mountains with the climbing specialists.
Lance was always a good time-trialer, but after the rebuilding, he was even better. On top of that, he had already suffered more physical pain than most people could ever dream of.
Armstrong won seven consecutive editions of the Tour de France, from 1999 through 2005. He was also 3rd in 2009.
Unfortunately, Armstrong was deemed to have doped since August 1, 1998, and all results have been annulled by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.