Armstrong is the best ever with or without it just saying .
I hope your knowledge in tennis is nowhere nearly as bad as yours in cycling. In most lists of greatest cyclist ever, Armstrong is listed at between #5 to #10, and that is before the truth came out.
Merckx, Hinault, Aquentil, Coppi all placed above of him in all lists, and then there's also kelly, Bartali, Indurain, Gimondi in many lists placed before Armstrong.
Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɛrks]) (born 17 June 1945 in Meensel-Kiezegem), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a former Belgian professional road bicycle racer considered to be the greatest pro cyclist ever.