After his confession to Oprah Winfrey - interview aired on January 17 - on doping in all of his Tour de France wins, a now clear way to describe him would be a man who chose to be honest, finally. This despite over a decade of denials against charges made against him.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong's rise was meteoric and symbolic. It was a celebration of human determination over physical limitations. After all, despite being diagnosed with level three testicular cancer, Armstrong battled his way - quite literally - to numerous laurels including Olympic medals and a record number of Tour de France titles.
With rise comes fall and Armstrong's heroics came all undone towards the later part of last year. Charges of using performance enhancing drugs was leveled against him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and he was stripped of all his achievements since August 1998. It was not the first time such charges were made against him but it was definitely the first time that affirmative action was taken against Lance Edward Armstrong.