Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 08/24/2012

Will Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France victories be forgotten? [videos]

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decision to strip Lance Armstrong, the most decorated man in Tour de France history, of all his Tour titles and ban him from competing for life continued to shake the cycling world Friday.

But can Armstrong’s victories ever truly be forgotten?


Lance Armstrong prepares for the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., on Feb. 22, 2009. (Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP)

Armstrong, who won a record seven Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005, is arguably the most dominant cyclist in history. His triumphs at the Tour de France — from the Sestriere Climb of 1999 to his improbable sprint during Stage 17 of the race in 2004 — are among the race’s most memorable.

And who can forget his attack on Mt. Ventoux in 2000, where he left the entire field in his tracks? Here’s a video:

A full recap of Armstrong’s seven Tour de France victories can be seen below:

Despite all his success, Armstrong effectively surrendered his seven titles Thursday after refusing to continue battling the USADA over charges that he cheated to win cycling’s most prestigious race. Armstrong cited the emotional strain on both himself and his family from the nearly two-year criminal investigation.

 “There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in statement on Thursday.

You can see Armstrong’s official statement below:

Lance Armstrong's official statement

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By Benjamin Gottlieb  |  10:47 AM ET, 08/24/2012

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