23 August 2012

Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France titles, banned from cycling for life by USADA

In what is nothing short of a surprising decision, seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has decided that "enough is enough" as he has said he will not fight charges brought on by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, a decision that could very well lead to Armstrong being stripped of his titles.

For what it is worth, Armstrong says that he is not guilty nor will he accept the USADA sanctions as he considers the fight to not be fair but will instead commit himself "to the work [he] began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities." As we all know, Armstrong became a sporting icon after surviving testicular cancer and going on to win the most grueling cycling test. He became one of the most visible athletes in the world, started the Livestrong foundation and those yellow wristbands you see everywere and had a great cameo in Dodgeball.

His decision means that he could very well lead to a lifetime ban from the sport and being stripped of his record seven titles. The USADA say they have "overwhelming evidence" that Armstrong doped. This may end up being the end of a line for an illustrious career that has been marred for years of doping allegations, coming to a conclusion that some may have forseen for a while.

UPDATE: Armstrong has been banned for life by the USADA and has been stripped of his Tour titles, according to CBS Sports.

H/T USA Today

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