Lance Armstrong to be Banned for Life, Stripped of 7 Tour de France Titles

The
fight between Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is over:

"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough
is enough,'" Armstrong, 40, wrote in a statement emailed to The
Times and other news agencies.

"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."

Armstrong’s attorneys asked a USADA attorney to turn the matter over
to UCI, the international cycling union, but USADA maintains it retains
jurisdiction to strip the titles.

Armstrong never tested positive for performance-enhancing use during
his decade-plus of Tour races.

Now, as he abandons his impassioned fight against anti-doping authorities,
the perception of an American hero who rallied from cancer to become
champion of perhaps sport’s most demanding endurance test has been recast.

Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times reports: Link
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