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Whether his confession would begin to heal those ruptures and restore that reputation remains to be seen.
Diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 1996, the disease soon spread to his lungs and brains. Armstrong’s doctors gave him a 40 percent chance of survival at the time and never expected he’d compete at anything more strenuous than gin rummy. Winning the demanding race less than three years later made Armstrong a hero.
Jim Litke reported from Chicago. Pete Yost in Washington also contributed to this report.
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