Lance Armstrong Gives Up Fight, Will Likely Be Banned for Life
Says he'll stop contesting doping charges
One of the greatest cyclists in the history of the sport could soon be stripped of his titles, including seven Tour de France wins. On Thursday night, Lance Armstrong, who officially retired just last year, said that he has grown tired of fighting doping charges leveled against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and that he won’t enter into an arbitration process that he considers improper and unfair. “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough,'” he said in a statement released to the Associated Press. “For me, that time is now.” It’s expected that USADA, which maintains that Armstrong, 40, has been using illegal substances for more than 15 years, will take the statement as an admission of guilt and consider imposing a lifetime ban.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: On Thursday night, Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, confirmed that, on Friday, Armstrong will receive a lifetime ban and be stripped of all titles. The International Cycling Union, the sport’s governing body, has not yet released a statement.
Via Associated Press