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Lance Armstrong Lost 7 Tour de France Titles, Banned for Life

Posted by redcherry | On: Aug 24 2012
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Blogoncherry.com - World champion cyclist Lance Armstrong took the risk of losing his career as a professional cyclist when he revealed his wish to stop fighting doping charges by the US Anti Doping Agency (USADA) on Thursday.

Armstrong said in a statement published on his website, Lancearmstrong.com:

“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.”

Shortly after his statement came up, the USADA gave a stern response. Reuters wrote Annie Skinner, the spokeswoman for the agency, said Armstrong’s seven titles could be stripped and he would not be allowed to participate in the professional cycling competition for life.

According to USAToday, the USADA confirmed the sanctions late Thursday that the agency will strip Armstrong’s Tour de France achievements since August 1, 1998. Furthermore, Armstrong will also be banned from all competition for life.

However, Armstrong was clear in giving another statement that it didn’t mean he would merely accept the sanctions. Instead, his lawyers demanded the USADA must settle a dispute with the International Cycling Union about the case in the first hand before dropping the sanctions. Otherwise, they would take it to the courtroom.

Armstrong retired from professional cycling competition in 2011. In 2000, the agency formally charged him with doping and conspiring with his teams.

The agency wrote in a letter sent to Armstrong that his blood samples from 2009 and 2010 are containing doping drugs. Published in the Washington Post, the letter also said that at least 10 of Armstrong’s former colleagues will testify against him.

Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis confirmed in 2012 that the Texas-born cyclist used performance-enhancing drugs and also taught the others how to stay away from the trouble caused by the drugs use in the Tour de France competition.

The 40-year-old Lance Armstrong is a sensational yet successful professional cyclist. He successfully bounced back from cancer disease to win the Tour de France seven times consecutively from 1999 to 2005.

Armstrong’s fantastic recovery from cancer and achievements inspire Livestrong, an organization that fights to improve the cancer experience and make cancer a priority.

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