FILE - 23 AUGUST 2012: After dropping his lawsuit against doping charges brought on by the US Anti-Doping Agency, the agency (USADA) announced on August 23, 2012 to strip Lance Armstrong of 7 Tour de France titles and ban the cyclist for life. LE GRAND BORNAND, FRANCE - JULY 22: Lance Armstrong of the USA and riding for US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor celebrates as he wins stage 17 of the Tour de France on July 22, 2004 from Bourg d'Oisans to le Grand Bornand, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has announced that it will strip Lance Armstrong of his record seven Tour de France titles and ban him from cycling for life, mere hours after the legendary cyclist announced he was ending his fight against doping charges leveled against him by the USADA in June.
Armstrong, a native of Plano, Texas and current resident of Austin, won seven consecutive Tours de France from 1999-2005, and took home an Olympic bronze medal in 2000. He officially retired from the sport last year.
Armstrong had denied the renewed allegations of doping, and claimed the arbitration system used by the USADA to settle such disputes was unfair. On Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Armstrong against the USADA, rejecting Armstrong's claim that the Anti-Doping Agency's case and arbitration system violated his due process rights. The lawsuit's dismissal meant that Armstrong had until Thursday to decide whether to defend the claims in arbitration or allow the USADA to enter judgment. As the AP reported, he chose the latter:
"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now," Armstrong said.
"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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