Say it ain’t so Lance. After fighting accusations for the more than ten years, famed cyclist Lance Armstrong surrendered on Thursday.
The seven time Tour de France winning athlete said that he would not continue to contest charges thrown at him by the US Anti-Doping Agency. They’ve been accusing him of being doped up during his unbeatable years and called him out as one of the ringleaders of systematic doping on his team.
Declaring “enough is enough,” Lance Armstrong says he will not fight charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a stunning decision that will cause him to be stripped of the seven Tour de France titles that turned him into an American hero.
USADA confirmed late Thursday it will strip him of all results since Aug. 1, 1998 and ban him from all competition for life. Armstrong said his decision did not mean he would accept USADA’s sanctions. His lawyers threatened a lawsuit if USADA proceeded, arguing the agency must first resolve a dispute with the International Cycling Union over whether the case should be pursued.
“It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said. “This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition.”
Lance rebuttled in his own statement by saying
““If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA’s process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and — once and for all — put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance,” Armstrong said. “But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair…I know who won those seven Tours…The toughest event in the world where the strongest man wins. Nobody can ever change that. Especially Travis Tygart.”
Lance will lose all of his titles, including his 2000 Olympic Bronze Medal, and all money he won from August 1998 and on! He’s also banned from competing, coaching, or having any official role with any sport that follows the World Anti-Doping Code.
Armstrong insists that this is not a defeat for him and backed down so he could focus on his family and his Livestrong Foundation.
Must have been some cray isht going on behind closed doors for him to just walk away. SMH
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