Lance Armstrong Loses His Seven Tour de France Titles
It's a somber day today for Lance Armstrong fans. Last night the cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France champ announced he's no longer going to fight doping allegations, calling it an "unconstitutional witch hunt."
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Lance issued a lengthy statement on his website: “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… 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."
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Indicating that he refuses to "participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair" he is going to devote himself to "raising my five beautiful (and energetic) kids, fighting cancer, and attempting to be the fittest 40 year-old on the planet."
As for the ramifications for his decision, Travis Tygart, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive, told The Associated Press the agency is going to ban him for cycling for life and essentially strip him of seven Tour de France titles.
In response to that action, the cyclist wrote, "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."