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Lance Armstrong


Cyclists never let up as the rider covers 2, 200 miles over 21 days. No other sport requires so much endurance for such a long period of time. A marathon is exhausting, but it is over in 2 hours for the winner. Tennis players play six rounds in tournament, pretty tough, but not as exhausting as Tour ride.
Everyone in the sport of cycling has done some sort of drug to be better. It's part of the history of the sport. It is still going on and I personally think it always will. It was a domino effect, because once one guy does it and is now better, the next guy is gonna want to do it to be better. Lance is an extremely strong athlete, as well as a strong person. He has fought many things. He has fought accusations of using dope, and lied, but he also fought cancer. He might of lost his titles, but has not lost my respect for him.
Had cancer comes back Wins the hardest event in the planet 7 times, takes a break comes back at the age of 37 and rides a couple of great Tour de france more plus he runs marathons and has livestrong which is great of such a great athlete
I think he has to be one of the greatest athletes of all time to win 7 tour de frances is something that is not likely to be beaten any time soon and has easily earned his spot among all the other greatest sportsmen/women of all time!
I've played a lot of sports, including competitive cycling. I would have to agree there is no tougher sport than cycling. It is a grueling test of individual mettle, and a grand tour racer must do it 5-7 days/week. Nothing even comes close to that.

I like Lance for the reasons stated here, but I'm not convinced he is as good as Eddy Merckx. The Cannibal, as he was called, was every bit of good as Lance, Migeul Indurain, and the others, but Eddy did it without the organized teaming that today's cyclists benefit from. Eddy really defined the sport, and defined manhood.
Overcoming cancer to become of the greatest cyclist of all time, not only does he demonstrate athletic ability but a will and fight inside of him that is very uncommon among people. He is a true champion.
His achievement in cycling - 7 consecutive Tour de France wins -- puts him as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

He takes up marathons, barely trains, has a broken shin he does not know about until a week later, and he runs a sub-3 hour marathon...
I am very much inspired my Lance Armstrong internal capability because returning after so bid disease requires very much courage and 7 times really
Requires very hopefulness.
How about him winning the 1993 World Cycling Championship at 21 years old. Then, overcoming cancer and then winning the Tour de France 7 straight times. He's not my hero because he won the TdF 7 times... He's my hero because of what he overcame and how he is active off the bicycle helping other people. That is why he is my hero.
How is Lance Armstrong on this list? He's a cheater!
Many athletes from this list (not only cyclist) cheated (they just weren't caught) and they didn't manage to obtain such magnificent results as LA.
This man is truly an inspiration. Not just to athletes, but to everyone
Lance shouldn't be before other cycling legends such as Eddy Merckx, simply because he cheated to get to the top, however, his efforts to raise money for cancer research are great.
Winning the Tour de France 7 times is impossible. Especially after (multiple types of) cancer.
Lance had cancer when he was young, and then he won the Tour De France five times in a row, NOW THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL A GOOD ATHLETE
Lance armstrong = GOD! He is an animal! Amazing willpower! Left the world awestruck! And proved himself time and again!
At least equivalent if not exceeding MJ in his chosen sport simply because cycling in my opinion is more physically demanding and played on the world stage...
I put Haile Gebrselassie from ethiopia the best long distance runner ever
What an absolute beast... There's just no other way to put it. Who else could come back from cancer like he did?
Beat cancer and still won the tour de France, if you ask me, you can't beat that
Athlete, inspiration, 7 time champion, legend of cycling, legend of sport. LIVESTRONG
The best cyclist ever and the best sportsmen t0
7 Tour Le France champion! Your the man! He is a monster inside man! Superb
He has won tour de france many times. At one time he survived from cancer. But he has made recovery.
He took drugs. He can not be this high.

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