Lance Armstrong to be Stripped of Tour de France Titles

Friday, August 24, 2012

Late Thursday night, Lance Armstrong announced he will no longer fight charges of using performance enhancing drugs during his career brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He maintains he is innocent, but is weary of the 10 years he's spent battling doping allegations.

Armstrong won the Tour de France an unprecedented seven times, but the U.S.A.D.A. maintains he was using drugs and was one of the ringleaders of systematic doping on his Tour-winning teams. His decision, according to the World Anti-Doping Code, means he'll be stripped of his seven Tour titles, the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympics and all other titles, awards and money he won from August 1998 forward.

"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now," Armstrong's statement reads. "I’ve 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’ve 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."

Nathaniel Vinton is an investigative sports reporter with The New York Daily News.


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Comments [4]

MG from Manhattan

Did I just hear her say that it has been PROVEN? THe BBC last night interviewed the head of the doping administration for the European cycling association. He was dumbfounded and said that Lance has been tested 500 times and NEVER been found to be doping. It is very strange to see such a vast difference in propaganda on this issue between the US press and the British press. The US press has not mentioned this BBC source at all. This group is chiming in and repeating this party line... or am I to believe that the BBC is off base?
This is a very strange saga indeed, something else is going on here beyond "common knowledge"

Aug. 24 2012 03:16 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Lance competed against other bike riders. If he were a pitcher who consistently struck out players on my team, instead of them hitting home runs, well then we would have had a problem.

The temptation must be so great to be handed a vial and be told,"This will make you the best at what you do," and not want to take it. It is a situation not unlike Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in that the potion makes one have a dark secret... and of course you see how everybody else around you is all Mr. Hyde going super fast up a hill.

Perhaps we should have Enhanced Tour De France... and I'm not even kidding. Drug Taking Required to Compete!"

Aug. 24 2012 12:08 PM
Marc Streiff from NE CT

Wow...Let's just throw Armstrong under the bus, when was the last time your commentators raced a bicycle in even a USA Cycling Cat 5 event...??
First I'm not a big fan of Lance, however the way this idiocy by a doping agency which everyday day resembles a kangaroo org. is really sad....
I spent many years racing as an amateur here in the US and a couple summers in France, I also coached juniors in cycling and ski racing...Two of the hardest sports where endurance is concerned. So I have a pretty realistic view from the inside of the sport.

Here is why this is a joke, Armstrong passed all his drug tests while racing, now on the basis of alleged banned substance intake by discredited ex-teammates, Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton, plus a lot of hearsay and perhaps at best suspicious evidence but discredited because it could not be proven as credible.

Where is USADA in the sports where there is rampant drug abuse, Football, Baseball, Hockey and not just at the upper echelons but at the junior, high school and college levels. No one is going to convince me that the aggressive behavior and the physical signs of HGH, AS, EPO of many of these athletes are just natural by-products of youth and energy.

There cannot be a double standard when it is convenient for a political body to gain points. Either everyone in the USA's sports are treated according to the rules or no one is, USADA clearly appears to dismiss UCI, WADA and everyone else's rule book, even their own. So their agenda is we are going to financially make them cry uncle even if they have up to this point proven to have been clear....

This does not bode well for the future of USA sports when it's own USADA organization is corrupt.
I feel like I should go and take a shower....

Aug. 24 2012 11:42 AM
Jessie Henshaw from way uptown

I think it can't be emphasized enough that "the taint of suspicion" is the actual evidence here, and that contagion of suspicion is a very very common source of that. When people make decisions on that basis we're rather consistent in causing great harm. That's what the notable "culture wars" of the past, from early American witch burning to all the genocides, all of which were based on "suspicion" of evil of one variety or another.

How much courage does it take to accept that some things we just can't know?? Apparently it's often a lot more than can compete with a wave of feelings by others that they "might" have been cheated or betrayed.

Aug. 24 2012 08:24 AM

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