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This Happened — July 24: Lance Armstrong, Before The Fall

Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France for the 7th consecutive time on this day in 2005 and announced his retirement from professional cycling. He initially returned to the sport in 2009 but failed to replicate his previous success. In 2011, he retired for the second time, marking the end of his professional cycling career.

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Who is Lance Armstrong?

Lance Armstrong is a former professional cyclist from the United States. He gained international fame for his remarkable success in the sport, particularly for winning the Tour de France seven times consecutively from 1999 to 2005.

What made Lance Armstrong's victories so remarkable?

Firstly, the Tour de France is widely regarded as the most prestigious and challenging cycling race in the world. Winning it requires exceptional endurance, skill, and strategic planning. Additionally, Armstrong's victories came after he successfully battled testicular cancer, making his achievements even more inspiring.

Why was Lance Armstrong so controversial?

Lance Armstrong's career was marred by controversies related to doping. Despite repeatedly denying the allegations, Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles and banned from professional cycling after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) concluded that he had used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.

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How Parenthood Reinvented My Sex Life — Confessions Of A Swinging Mom

Between breastfeeding, playdates, postpartum fatigue, birthday fatigues and the countless other aspects of mother- and fatherhood, a Cuban couple tries to find new ways to explore something that is often lost in the middle of the parenting storm: sex.

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Parenting v. intimacy, a delicate balance

Silvana Heredia

HAVANA — It was Summer, 2015. Nine months later, our daughter would be born. It wasn't planned, but I was sure I wouldn't end my first pregnancy. I was 22 years old, had a degree, my dream job and my own house — something unthinkable at that age in Cuba — plus a three-year relationship, and the summer heat.

I remember those months as the most fun, crazy and experimental of my pre-motherhood life. It was the time of my first kiss with a girl, and our first threesome.

Every weekend, we went to the Cuban art factory and ended up at the CornerCafé until 7:00 a.m. That September morning, we were very drunk, and in that second-floor room of my house, it was unbearably hot. The sex was otherworldly. A few days later, the symptoms began.

She arrived when and how she wished. That's how rebellious she is.

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