Lance Armstrong Decides to End Fight Against Doping Charges; Will Lose All Tour de France Titles and Banned for Life

A sad day for cycling.

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There's only so much one person can take. After spending over a decade of his life expressing his innocence over accusations of using performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong has decided to end his battle against the United States Anti-Doping Agency. “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough,’" Armstrong said in a statement today. “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.”

As a result of his choice, Armstrong will face some steep consequences, which include losing his seven Tour de France titles, the bronze medal he received during the 2000 Olympics and any additional titles, awards and money he won from August 1998 till today. In addition, Lance is also banned for life from "competing, coaching or having any official role with any Olympic sport or other sport that follows the World Anti-Doping Code." 

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a statement of their own saying, "It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes." While we may never know the truth, one thing is for certain. Lance Armstrong's legacy will never be seen the same way again. 

[via The New York Times]

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