Lance Armstrong may lose his seven titles he has acquired in professional road racing cycling. U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he declared he was finished fighting the drug charges that threaten his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time.
American Armstrong said in a statement that ;”I am finished with this nonsense” he said
“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough’. For me, that time is now,” he said. “I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999.” he said provoking the agency to decide an action to take over decision.
Armstrong, 40, has always denied claims he ever used performance-enhancing drugs during his career and has never failed a test. But USADA chief executive Travis T. Tygart has said the Texan should face the same proceedings as any other athlete charged with doping offences.
Armstrong, charged by USADA in June, sought a temporary restraining order against the agency’s legal action but that was dismissed in a federal court in Austin, Texas on Monday.
Armstrong claims the USADA investigation “has not been about learning the truth or cleaning up cycling, but about punishing me at all costs”.
He added in a statement on his personal website: “The idea that athletes can be convicted today without positive A and B samples, under the same rules and procedures that apply to athletes with positive tests, perverts the system and creates a process where any begrudged ex-team-mate can open a USADA case out of spite or for personal gain or a cheating cyclist can cut a sweetheart deal for themselves.”
Lance Armstrong – Career Highlights
• 7-time Tour de France winner
• 4-time ESPYS Best Male Athlete
• 4-time AP Male Athlete of the Year
• 2002 SI Sportsman of the Year
Most Tour de France Wins – All Time
Cyclist Country Wins
Lance Armstrong U.S. 7
Miguel Indurian Spain 5
Bernard Hinault France 5
Eddy Merckx Belgium 5
Jacques Anquetil France 5
– ESPN Stats & Information