There are plenty of great bike riders, but few have quite the impact on the way the sport of biking is enjoyed by fans and the media that Lance Armstrong has.
For instance, if you’ve been following the Lance Armstrong Tour de France and the Tour de Suisse, you’ll know that his legendary ride to victory at the 2012 Vuelta a Espana has inspired countless athletes, from Chris Froome to Adam Yates to Tyler Farrar.
And while there are many cyclists who have the speed and ability to compete with him in the Tour, there are few riders who can pull off his feats of speed, endurance and mental toughness in the same way as he does.
Now, the 29-year-old has a new challenge to overcome: to beat the man who once made cycling great again.
Leaving the Tour for a fourth time after winning the Giro d’Italia in 2014, Armstrong will attempt to make a second run at victory at this year’s Tour de San Luis.
And as a former professional, he knows he will need to be at his best to make that happen.
“There are people out there who are riding faster, they are more focused, they have more energy, they can do it harder, they’re stronger, they know what they’re doing,” Armstrong told The Guardian earlier this year.
“They can do this in the mountains, in the hills, and they’ve got a chance.
And that’s what I’ve got to do to do that.”
The question is: will he have the mental fortitude to go the distance?