Although Lance Armstrong already attempted retirement in 2005, the 7-time Tour de France champion has announced his "Retirement 2.0".
The 39-year-old cyclist's decision has much to do with his growing responsibilities and family as it does with the physical limitations time has imposed.
It looks like he finally started realize his age was catching up with him after finishing 65th in his last competitive race, but still has no regrets.
He commented on his comeback attempt in 2009 by saying:
"I can't say I have any regrets. It's been an excellent ride. I really thought I was going to win another tour, then I lined up like everybody else and wound up third."
Considering he defied medical science by winning seven straight Tour titles after beating testicular cancer, single handedly boosted his sport's popularity, AND has since raised almost $400 million for cancer survivors through his Livestrong Foundation, we think he's done enough!
He doesn't plan on looking back on his decision or living in the past either, as he says:
"In 10 years time, if I'm sitting around saying, 'I was so strong on L'Alpe d'Huez in 2001,' then I got a problem."
Hopefully, he can FINALLY relax and spend some time with his family, while continuing to raise awareness for great causes.
Good luck in the future, Lance!
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