USADA to Strip Lance Armstrong of Tour De France Titles As He Gives Up Fight

Lance Armstrong

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has stated that it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France Titles after he came out and said that he is finished fighting the drug charges being brought against him.

While the International Cycling Union has not had their say yet, Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, said that Armstrong would be stripped of the medals and also be given a lifetime ban in the sport.

Armstrong had one option left to fight the charges, to enter into the USADA’s arbitration process; however he declined to do so and said that he is tired of fighting the allegations.

“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, “Enough is enough.” For me, that time is now.”

Despite consistently passing drug tests throughout his career, Armstrong has been dogged with allegations of cheating since 1999. He says it’s taken a toll on his personal life and his foundation and he has now “finished with this nonsense.”

Admission of Guilt

The USADA took Armstrong’s decision as an admission of guilt. Tygart said, “It’s a heart-breaking example of winning at all costs, overtaking the fair and safe option. There’s no success in cheating to win.”

Armstrong maintains that his decision should not be taken as an admission; he simply refuses to enter an arbitration process which he views as unfair. He also said that the USADA does not have the authority to strip him of the Tour de France titles.

“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.”

Armstrong retired from the sport in 2011 after a two-year long federal criminal investigation into similar accusations that the USADA are hitting him with. The federal probe was closed in February with no charges being brought against Armstrong; however, the USADA announced in June that it had evidence that he had used banned substances and methods. They added that despite Armstrong’s claims to have passed all blood tests, they had tests from 2009 and 2010 which were “fully consistent” with blood doping.

While many are surprised that Armstrong has decided enough is enough, he said that most people would have already made up their minds about his innocence and the outcome of the arbitration process would not really make a difference in their opinions.

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