Seven Time Tour de France Winner Lance Armstrong Ends His Battle Against Doping Charges … Faces Lifetime Ban & Stripped of his Tour Titles


Its a sad day for the sport of cycling. According to ABC News, Lance Armstrong has ended his battle against the USDA, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, that has accused him of cheating. The 7 time Tour de France winner now faces a life time ban from the sport and being stripped of his Tour de France titles. Armstrong maintains his innocence; however, stated … “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.” But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair.”

Statement from Lance Armstrong:

There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, “Enough is enough.” For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by Travis Tygart’s unconstitutional witch hunt. 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.

I had hoped that a federal court would stop USADA’s charade. Although the court was sympathetic to my concerns and recognized the many improprieties and deficiencies in USADA’s motives, its conduct, and its process, the court ultimately decided that it could not intervene.


The bottom line is I played by the rules that were put in place by the UCI, WADA and USADA when I raced. The idea that athletes can be convicted today without positive A and B samples, under the same rules and procedures that apply to athletes with positive tests, perverts the system and creates a process where any begrudged ex-teammate can open a USADA case out of spite or for personal gain or a cheating cyclist can cut a sweetheart deal for themselves. It’s an unfair approach, applied selectively, in opposition to all the rules. It’s just not right.

USADA cannot assert control of a professional international sport and attempt to strip my seven 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. We all raced together. For three weeks over the same roads, the same mountains, and against all the weather and elements that we had to confront. There were no shortcuts, there was no special treatment. The same courses, the same rules. The toughest event in the world where the strongest man wins. Nobody can ever change that. Especially not Travis Tygart.

Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities. This October, my Foundation will celebrate 15 years of service to cancer survivors and the milestone of raising nearly $500 million. We have a lot of work to do and I’m looking forward to an end to this pointless distraction. I have a responsibility to all those who have stepped forward to devote their time and energy to the cancer cause. I will not stop fighting for that mission. Going forward, I am going to devote myself to raising my five beautiful (and energetic) kids, fighting cancer, and attempting to be the fittest 40-year old on the planet.

What are your thoughts? Was this an unfair witch hunt or did Armstrong participate in blood doping?

Posted August 24, 2012 by
Corruption, Ethics, Scandal, Sports | 4 comments

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Seven Time Tour de France Winner Lance Armstrong Ends His Battle Against Doping Charges … Faces Lifetime Ban & Stripped of his Tour Titles”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on August 24th, 2012 9:46 pm

      If Lance participated in doping he was never caught by any of the tests. Without proof, this is nothing more than harassment by an out of control agency.

    2. flippy on August 25th, 2012 6:59 am

      It is hard to reconcile the mountain of witnesses against him with the spotless testing record. Either he is the target of a character assassination conspiracy (to what ends?) or the tests aren’t good enough, and haven’t been for a decade or more.

    3. mc on August 25th, 2012 11:43 am

      Hah…the French might be “cheese eating surrender monkeys,” but they sure won’t let an American win the Tour de France.

    4. Jayne on Left Coast on August 25th, 2012 12:07 pm

      How can a US agency strip anyone of titles won in France?

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