Factfile

A FACTFILE on five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

* Name: Lance Armstrong. * Team: U.S. Postal. * Born: September 18, 1971, Dallas (USA). * Resides: Austin, USA; Girona, Spain.

* Former teams: Motorola (1993-1996), Cofidis (1996, year in which he was diagnosed with cancer. Did not ride competitively for the team, left in 1997), US Postal (1998-present).

* Principal wins:

* One-day races: World championships: 1993 (Oslo), United States championships: 1993, San Sebastian Classic: 1995, Fleche Wallonne: 1996, GP des Nations 2000, GP Eddy-Merckx 2000 (with Viatcheslav Ekimov), GP Marostica 1992, Trophy Laigueglia 1993.

* Stage races: Tour DuPont: 1995 and five stages, 1996 and five stages, Tour of Rhenanie: 1998, Tour of Luxembourg: 1998, Tour of Switzerland: 2001, Dauphine Libere: 2002 and 2003, Midi Libre: 2002, Tour de France: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003.

* Tour de France stages — 16. 1993 — Verdun; 1995 — Limoges; 1999 — Puy-du-Fou prologue, Metz time trial, Sestrieres, Futuroscope time trial; 2000 — Belfort time trial; 2001 — Alpe d'Huez, Chamrousse time trial Saint-Lary-Soulan, Saint-Amand-Montrond time trial; 2002 — Luxembourg prologue, La Mongie, Plateau de Beille, Macon time trial; 2003 — Luz-Ardiden.

* This year was Armstrong's ninth Tour.

* In 1993, 1994 and 1996 Armstrong failed to finish and did not compete in 1998 as he was recovering from cancer. He finished 36th in 1995.

* In 1999 he made a triumphant return to become only the second American after Greg LeMond (1986, 1989 and 1990) to win the event.

* He became the first American to win the Tour three times in a row and after Sunday's victory became the fifth rider to have won the Tour fives times.

* Armstrong also equalled the exploit of Spain's Miguel Indurain who was the first man to win to win the Tour five times in a row (1991-1995).

* He is married to Kristin and has three children — one son (Luke) and twin daughters (Isabelle and Grace).