Lance Armstrong announced that he will stop his fight against the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s accusations that he took performance-enhancing drugs during his professional biking career. The USADA responded swiftly, banning Armstong for life, as well as stating that he will be stripped of all his accomplishments, prizes, titles, records, and cash earnings since August 1998. On top of that, he will be stripped of his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics and his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles.
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. Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by Travis Tygart’s unconstitutional witch hunt. 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.
“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,” Armstrong said.
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