Lance has ended his fight against doping charges — he will lose his seven Tour de France titles and be banned for life from ever competing again, according to a new report. Read on for all the details.
The seven-time Tour de France victor, Lance Armstrong, announced late Thursday, Aug. 23, that “enough is enough,” and he will no longer fight his investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now,” Lance, 40, said in a statement.
In June 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accused Lance of using, possessing, trafficking and giving to others performance-enhancing drugs, as well as covering up doping violations.
At the time, Lance denied the accusations. “I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one,” he said on his website.
Now, Lance has quit the race. Upon his decision to no longer fight against these charges, all results since Aug. 1, 1998 will be stripped from Lance’s career.
USADA chief executive officer Travis T. Tygart issued a statement pertaining to recent developments saying, “It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes. 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, but for clean athletes, it is a reassuring reminder that there is hope for future generations to compete on a level playing field without the use of performance-enhancing drugs.”
Lance addressed the fact that he’ll lose his titles and said, “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.”
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