USADA to ban Armstrong for life, strip all 7 Tour de France titles
After a decade of "outrunning" accusations that he had doped
during his celebrated cycling career, Lance Armstrong, one of the most
well-known and accomplished athletes in history, finally "threw in the towel", tarnishing his legacy by ending his fight against
charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
Armstrong, who "won" the Tour de France an unprecedented seven straight times, said on
Thursday night that he would not continue to contest the charges levied
against him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which contended
that he doped and was one of the ringleaders of systematic doping on his
Armstrong’s decision, according to the World
Anti-Doping Code, means he will be stripped of his seven Tour titles,
the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympics and all other titles,
awards and money he won from August 1998 forward. It also means he will
be barred for life from competing, coaching or having any official role
with any Olympic sport or other sport that follows the World Anti-Doping
Folks, it would have only been worse if he were betting on his performance.