America’s hero, the bicycle boy, the poster child for less-than-endowed men everywhere Lance Armstrong will be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and will also be banned for life from ever competing in the Tour de France ever again.
For the past month, Lance has been under investigation from the USADA – a quasi-government agency recognized as the official anti-doping agency, that has accused Armstrong of using, possessing, trafficking and giving others performance-enhancing drugs.
Armstrong has long denied allegations of illegal doping, has never been convicted of any doping charges but just released a statement basically saying he is no longer going to deny the allegations. Right after he made this announcement the USADA plans to strip him of his titles and impose a lifetime ban.
“But his choosing not to contest the charges means that there will be a lifetime ban and a loss of all results beginning from August 1, 1998,” a USADA spokesperson told CNN in an email.
Yesterday Lance Armstrong released an official statement of his own on his website.
“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now,” says Lance.
Basically, Lance calls the doping allegations a “witch hunt” and says it’s “one sided and unfair.”
His statement isn’t admitting that he has used performing enhancing drugs but he is saying that he is tired of fighting the good fight.
Apparently the USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart has taken his statement as an admission of guilt.
“It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes. This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition, but for clean athletes, it is a reassuring reminder that there is hope for future generations to compete on a level playing field without the use of performance-enhancing drugs.”