End of the ride: Lance Armstrong’s rise and fall

By Juliet Macur • New York Times News Service
Published Mar 9, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated Mar 9, 2014 at 06:02AM
Peter Dejong / The Associated Press file photo Lance Armstrong, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, and teammate George Hincapie, right, cruise through a victory lap on Champs Elysees Boulevard in Paris, France, during the 2004 Tour de France.
Peter Dejong / The Associated Press file photo Lance Armstrong celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 15th stage of the 2004 Tour de France cycling race between Valreas, southern France, and Villard-de-Lans, French Alps. Once the shining star of the cycling world with seven straight Tour titles, Armstrong is now the sport’s black sheep after doping violations left his legacy tarnished.
Mark Lennihan / The Associated Press file photo Lance Armstrong, cyclist and Livestrong founder, attends the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative in New York. Armstrong’s stock has taken a big hit since doping violations sabotaged his once-legendary career.
J.T. Neal Family via The New York Times Lance Armstrong, left, with his mentor and assistant J.T. Neal, who died in 2002 after being diagnosed with cancer months apart. Armstrong, who won seven straight Tour de France competitions and fell from grace after testing positive for steroids, tells his story in Juliet Macurís upcoming book ìCycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong,î published by Harper Collins.