Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist, who won the Tour de France for the fourth successive time in 2002 after overcoming cancer, was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in Monte Carlo last night.

It is the second Laureus Statuette Armstrong has won. In 2000, he won the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award.

"I don't know if I really deserve this award because I was in good company," he said after being chosen ahead of Ronaldo, Michael Schumacher and Tiger Woods in the category.

Serena Williams, who currently holds all four grand slam tennis titles, was honoured as Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, pipping all-conquering British runner Paula Radcliffe.

Updated: 09:59 Wednesday, May 21, 2003