A former boss at Subaru Montgomery offered him a contract with the US Postal team at a salary of 0,000 a year.

By January 1998, Armstrong was engaged in serious training for racing, moving to Europe with the team.

He was 97th in the general classification when he retired after stage 12.

On October 3, Armstrong had an orchiectomy to remove the diseased testicle.

Asked in a later interview what he thought Armstrong's chances of survival were, Reeves said "Almost none.

He is alleged by another cyclist competing with in the Core States Road Race to have bribed that cyclist so that he would not compete with Armstrong for the win.

In 1994, he again won the Thrift Drug Classic and came second in the Tour Du Pont in the United States.

In 1993, Armstrong won 10 one-day events and stage races, but his breakthrough victory was the World Road Race Championship held in Norway.

Before his World Championships win, he took his first win at the Tour de France, in the stage from Châlons-sur-Marne to Verdun.He had notable success between 19, including the World Championship in 1993, Clásica de San Sebastián in 1995, Tour Du Pont in 19, and a handful of stage victories in Europe, including stage 18 of the 1995 Tour de France.In 1996, he was diagnosed with a potentially fatal metastatic testicular cancer.In 2012, a United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation concluded that Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs over the course of his career As a result, he received a lifetime ban from all sports that follow the World Anti-Doping Agency code—effectively ending his athletic career.He was also stripped of all of his achievements after 1998, including his seven Tour de France titles.In August 1996 following the Leeds Classic, Armstrong signed a 2-year, m deal with the French Cofidis Cycling Team.