Lance Armstrong loses Tour de France titles

It’s a sad day for cycling but one that could finally be the end of possibly the most infamous era of the Tour de France. An era where in which far too many athletes turned to doping for the extra edge. Lance Armstrong has decided not to to seek an arbitration hearing to defend the charges that USADA laid against him.

Lance has never tested positive for doping and the whole thing seems like it’s a bit of a mess. The evidence will eventually be available to the public but at the moment it is still part of the on going case. It is suggested that members of the US Postal Service team were willing to testify against him along with competitors that have already been caught doping.

UPDATE: It’s official, the USADA have officially stripped Lance of all his titles and results from 1998 including his seven Tour de France victories.

I’m looking forward to see the scientific evidence that he cheated. I hope there is some and it’s not a case a people saying they saw him do it because really that does seem a bit lame. It has been a great year for cycling so far so it’s a shame for this to be still going on and to yet again spoil the sport.

The telegraph have a good roundup of what’s been happening and the full press release is over at road.cc

Here’s the official 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. 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. 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. 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.

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