Lance Armstrong Banned, Stripped of 7 Tour de France Titles
Lance Armstrong declared Thursday night “enough is enough,” indicating he will not fight charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
The organization said it will now ban Armstrong from competition for life and strip him of the seven Tour de France titles that turned him into an worldwide hero.
In a statement, 40-year-old Armstrong continued to deny ever doping, calling the antidoping agency’s case against him “an unconstitutional witch hunt.”
“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough,'” Armstrong said.
“For me, that time is now.”
In response, Travis Tygart, chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, said: “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.”
Armstrong, who once dated singer Sheryl Crow, specifically took aim at Tygart in his statement posted to his website:
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.
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