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Armstrong faces lifetime ban, loss of 7 Tour titles after dropping doping charges fight

Almost immediately after Lance Armstrong stopped fighting the the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charge that he took performance enhancing drugs during his record breaking 7 Tour de France wins, he was stripped of his titles and his legacy is now threatened as the greatest cyclist of all time. Armstrong will also be punished with a lifetime ban, stripped of his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics as well as any other awards, titles and cash earnings said Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive. Armstrong retired from cycling last year and has basically dropped his fight against the USDA, sighting his exhaustion in fighting this claim. He has pointed to the hundreds of drug tests he has passed as proof of his innocence while winning multiple titles from 1996 to 2005. “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, `Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said. He called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.” “I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,” he said. “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.”

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