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Lance Armstrong announces he married his long-time girlfriend Anna Hansen as he honors new wife on Instagram

CYCLING legend Lance Armstrong has married long-time girlfriend Anna Hansen and broke the news in a touching tribute on Instagram.

The former world champion, who was stripped of his Tour de France titles after a doping investigation, praised his wife and called her "the love of his life".

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Lance Armstrong has announced his marriage to his long-time girlfriend, Anna HansenCredit: Instagram/Anna Hansen Armstrong
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The newlyweds began dating in July 2008 and welcomed their first child together the following yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty

"Best. Day. Ever. Married the love of my life @annahansenarmstrong," Armstrong shared.

"So special having our kids there as well. It was an evening full of laughter and plenty of joyful tears. Anna, you have been my absolute rock the past 14 years and let me be clear, I would not have survived them without you.

"I am so proud of the couple we have become - It took us doing the work, the really hard work, and I am so glad that we did. I love you immensely and will always be here for you and our family.

"I’d be remiss if I didn’t think our best bud aka 'Reverend' @chad_mountain for officiating the ceremony. As well as the great @lizkreutz for making sure these beautiful memories were captured."

"Hope you are all having an excellent summer - I sure as hell am," Armstrong concluded the post.

Armstrong and Hansen began dating in July 2008, just two years after the cycling star split from his fiancée Kristin in February 2006.

The couple has two children, their son Max, 13, and daughter Olivia, 11.

Armstrong was recognized as one of the greatest American sports icons, having won seven consecutive Tour de France from 1999 to 2005.

Among his other accolades, the cycling star also won the '93 UCI Road World Championship, the Clásica de San Sebastián in 1995, and Tour DuPont in '95 and '96.

However, his legacy was tarnished after an investigation led by the US Anti-Doping Agency concluded that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.

After several years of denial, Armstrong publicly admitted his involvement in doping.

He received a lifetime ban from all sports that follow the World Anti-Doping Code, ending his competitive cycling career.

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Armstrong was recognized as one of the greatest American sports icons until an investigation revealed he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his careerCredit: Getty
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