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Armstrong stripped of titles, banned for life

Lance Armstrong decided to stop fighting allegations of doping and in result USADA has stripped him of seven Tour de France titles and banned him from cycling for life.

Tired of fighting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Lance Armstrong has stopped fighting allegations that said he used performance enhancing drugs and will have seven Tour de France titles stripped from him and he will be banned from cycling for life.

“I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. The tolls this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today — finished with this nonsence,” Armstrong said in a statement to the Associated Press.

USADA has taken Armstrong’s decision to stop fighting the allegations as an admission of guilt and have taken action, though it is almost meaningless because people already know he won seven Tour de France titles and he already retired from professional cycling. There is also no word whether the International Cycling Union, which has been on Armstrong’s side through everything, will take action and strip Armstrong of the victories. The USADA has no real authority to decide what an international sports organization does when it comes to stripping titles like this.

After battling life-threatening cancer Armstrong became the world’s greatest cyclist, winning every Tour de France from 1999 to 2005. USADA has claimed Armstrong has used banned substances since 1996, including the blood-booster EPO, steroids and blood transfusions.

“It is a sad day for all of us who love sports and athletes,” USADA chief executive Travis Tygart told ESPN. “It’s a heartbreaking example of win at all costs overtaking the fair and safe option. There’s no success in cheating to win.”

Armstrong has never failed a test for steroids or any other performance enhancing drugs.

With a belief that most fans already have an opinion of him and that having titles stripped will not change his legacy Armstrong decided to stop fighting the allegations so he can fully dedicate his time toward his foundation, through which he hopes to raise millions to promote cancer awareness and research. With the help his yellow, plastic “Livestrong” bracelets the Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised nearly $500 million since its founding in 1997.

Armstrong still has the support his biggest sponsor and partner for “Livestrong”, Nike. “Lance has stated his innocence and has been unwavering on this position,” to company said in a statement. “Nike plans to continue to support Lance and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a foundation that Lance created to serve cancer survivors.”

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  1. Bobby says:

    The whole situation is just sad. Armstrong has been accused of doping since 1996, despite no failed drug tests. I would be tired of arguing my innocence too after 16 years. It was a witch hunt. Confess to being a witch or plead your innocence and we will just keep coming at you until you confess.

    Just sad…