Lance Armstrong is one of the most remarkable people of our generation. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25 and given only a 40 percent chance of survival, he went on to win seven Tour de France titles. But then came years of doping accusations. Last week he decided to stop fighting these allegations; in response, on Friday the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong from professional cycling for life and vacated his Tour de France titles.
The cyclist says that his most important race goes on: promoting cancer awareness and research. The cancer survivor has raised nearly $500 million since the Lance Armstrong Foundation started in 1997. As the father of a cancer patient, I sincerely hope he continues to raise money and awareness about this horrific disease. At the same time, it’s hard not to be shocked at the way his amazing cycling career has ended.