Lance Armstrong Ends Fight With USADA, Will Be Stripped Of 7 Tour de France Titles

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life.

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Lance Armstrong Ban: 10 Former Teammates Were Ready To Testify Against Cyclist, According To Report

USADA's charges that Lance Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs may have been based on 10 of the cyclist's teammates, who the agency claims would have testified against Armstrong. The seven-time Tour de France winner ended his fight against the charges on Thursday, which amounts to an admission of guilt in the eyes of USADA and the WADA.

In the wake of Lance Armstrong's decision to stop fighting USADA's charges, some have wondered what the agency had to support their allegations. Armstrong only once failed a drug test and it was for a substance prescribed by a doctor and therefore allowed, but athletes have been found guilty of doping before without a positive test and Armstrong was next on USADA's list.

USADA also said it had 10 former Armstrong teammates ready to testify against him. Other than suggesting they include Landis and Tyler Hamilton, both of whom have admitted to doping offenses, the agency has refused to say who they are or specifically what they would say.

The 10 teammates were reportedly going to testify that they witnessed Armstrong inject himself with banned substances. UCI, the sport's governing body, says that USADA will now have to explain their decision, which may or may not shed light on their case against Armstrong, what his teammates were ready to testify to and what other evidence they had in addition to the testimony.

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Lance Armstrong Officially Banned By USADA, Stripped Of Tour de France Titles

Lance Armstrong has been officially banned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, the USADA announced on Friday after the cyclist dropped his fight against doping charges on Thursday night.

The USADA has claimed to have proof of several charges against Armstrong, including the "use and/or attempted use of prohibited substances," the "possession of prohibited substances," the "trafficking of EPO, testosterone, and corticosteroids," as well as charges of assisting in the cover up of the violation of anti-doping rules.

"Nobody wins when an athlete decides to cheat with dangerous performance enhancing drugs, but clean athletes at every level expect those of us here on their behalf, to pursue the truth to ensure the win-at-all-cost culture does not permanently overtake fair, honest competition" said USADA CEO, Travis T. Tygart. "Any time we have overwhelming proof of doping, our mandate is to initiate the case through the process and see it to conclusion as was done in this case."

Armstrong had until Thursday, Aug. 23 to decide whether to continue his fight against the charges after the dismissal of his lawsuit in an Austin court on Monday.

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Lance Armstrong Won't Fight USADA: Livestrong Lives On

The wild goose chase that has been the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's pursuit of Lance Armstrong finally ended Thursday night when the seven-time Tour de France winner dropped his fight against the agency, saying "Enough is enough."

And while the world's most famous cyclist will reportedly be stripped of his Tour de France titles, his social impact since first winning the Tour in 1999 can not be stripped. Among that social impact is Livestrong, a figurehead campaign for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, founded in 1997, two years before his first Tour victory.

Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle says that regardless of your feelings about Armstrong's possible guilt in the case, Livestrong lives on and represents something much more than the cyclist.

Long after anyone recalls anything about the seemingly interminable controversy over Armstrong, performance-enhancing drugs and his seven Tour de France championships, Livestrong, with its yellow bracelets, will have contributed millions of dollars to fighting cancer. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency can never take that away from Armstrong or the cancer patients who have been given hope because of his foundation.

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Lance Armstrong Ends Fight With USADA, Will Be Stripped Of 7 Tour de France Titles

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life.

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