In October 1996, however, came the shocking announcement that Armstrong had been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Fortunately, a subsequent surgery to remove his brain tumors was declared successful, and after more rounds of chemotherapy, Armstrong was declared cancer-free in February 1997.

Throughout his terrifying struggle with the disease, Armstrong continued to maintain that he was going to race competitively again.

De Generes styles tailored blazers, sweater vests and classic sneakers to give off her casual, yet professional vibe.

“I'm well aware my presence is not an easy topic, and so I encourage people if they want to give a high-five, great. I'm a big boy, and so I made the bed, I get to sleep in it.”Born in 1971 in Texas, Lance Armstrong became a triathlete before turning to professional cycling.

Looking uncharacteristically fatigued, he finished sixth in the time trials and 12th in the road race.

Earlier that summer, he had been unable to finish the Tour de France, as he was sick with bronchitis.

His career was halted by testicular cancer, but Armstrong returned to win a record seven consecutive Tour de France races beginning in 1999.

Stripped of those titles in 2012 due to evidence of performance-enhancing drug use, Armstrong in 2013 finally admitted to doping throughout his cycling career.

Despite such setbacks, Armstrong was still riding high by the fall of 1996.