Lance Armstrong to be stripped of 7 Tour de France titles

For years cyclist Lance Armstrong has been fighting accusations that he used performance enhancing drugs. Finally, he has given up his fight, stating, “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now.” This is not an admission of guilt, although the U.S Anti-Doping Agency is choosing to see it that way. Armstrong responded to their assumption by saying, “I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. The toll 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 nonsense.”

According to Armstrong, the USADA does not have the authority to strip him of his titles, but their chief executive Travis Tygart believes otherwise, commenting, “It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and athletes. It’s a heartbreaking example of win at all costs overtaking the fair and safe option. There’s no success in cheating to win.”

The International Cycling Union backs Armstrong — who risks losing all seven of his Tour de France titles — in his legal action against USADA, although they are yet to release a statement. In a worst case scenario Armstrong will be stripped of his titles and will be banned from the sport for life –although he has already retired– but he will not let the situation or the accusations get him down, remarking, “I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours.” ~Morgan Bates

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  1. C-Dub • August 24, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

    So the title is misleading…again. He isn’t guilty and the USDA can’t take his titles away. He is just giving up this legal fight. With all he fought in his life with Cancer and the training and the racing and the wins and I agree, at some point this gets ridiculas. We all know he won and he is an inspiration to the world. End this.

  2. Trevor • August 24, 2012 @ 12:49 PM

    Now he can spend his days free to run all oiled up with his boyfriend Matthew McConaughey.

  3. Snepts • August 24, 2012 @ 5:12 PM

    Prosecuting athletes for the use of banned substances has proven to be a waste of taxpayer’s money, as to the best of my knowledge, only one athlete has ever done time for doping, and if memory serves, it was tax evasion that ultimately cost her her freedom, not her decision to use performance enhancing drugs. The simple solution to the steroid issue is this: have a gold medal for those who juice and a gold medal for those who win honestly.

  4. NoT ReQUiRED • August 24, 2012 @ 5:26 PM

    remember this guy beat cancer multiple times, maybe blood doping is the answer to cure canser, he didnt take steroids, he just had more blood than others… magic johnson was diagnoes with aids, now hes cure casue of all the freah blood he pumped into his system that the virus went away. btw all of the female olympian lifter are all on steroids, football palyers are on roids, hockey players, all eilte athlets are on some sort of enhancment.

  5. CRTG • August 24, 2012 @ 7:16 PM

    I think Lance saw the writing on the wall and it was only a matter of time before he was eventually stripped of his titles. It’s a shame as he is a remarkable athlete. By the way Not Required; Magic Johnson is not cured at all. He is on a medical “coctail” which keeps his HIV at bay. If he were to stop his meds, he would ultimately contract AIDS.

  6. nh • August 25, 2012 @ 5:16 PM

    hi

  7. Murphy • August 27, 2012 @ 8:17 AM

    I keep thinking he is an astronaut everytime I hear his name. Am innocent man will always fight to clear his name unless he does not have much time and says so what. So now he is famous for losing his titles… Humph! Another hero turned regular man. The work of Al Queda..

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