DM- Lance Armstrong was today stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life, following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.
UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the cycling federation accepted the USADA’s report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong’s name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005.
Man, they really made an example out of Lance here. Stripped of all his titles, banned for life, his sponsors gave him the boot.. basically forced to step down as chairman of ‘Livestrong‘. Way to kick a guy while he’s down.
My take on this is similar to Miggles’ I mean you know all these guys dope, plain and simple let them all dope. It’s a sport and we pay to watch them.. should we not see them at the best they could possibly be?
Let Lance Live (start the campaign 25% to us.)
LA Times- Lance Armstrong effectively surrendered his seven Tour de France titles Thursday, announcing he was giving up his years-long fight against accusations that he cheated to repeatedly win cycling’s greatest race.
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Executive Travis Tygart said late Thursday he was still waiting to hear directly from Armstrong but added that the cyclist’s decision not to proceed in an arbitration process will leave Armstrong stripped of all of his Tour titles and 2000 Olympic bronze medal and result in a lifetime competition ban.
“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough,'” Armstrong, 40, wrote in a statement emailed to The Times and other news agencies.
“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.”
Armstrong’s attorneys asked a USADA attorney to turn the matter over to UCI, the international cycling union, but USADA maintains it retains jurisdiction to strip the titles.
We have the phone call between Lance and McConaughey after news of his stripped Tour titles.
“I mean I always got the Creatine/Muscle Builder booster at Jamba Juice… Would that show up?”
I can completely see Lance turning into Uncle Rico… just crushing beers, selling magazines door to door and talking about the good ol’ days… But until then why not take the guys word for it, he never tested positive for steroids… who knows what those guys at Jamba Juice were throwing in his morning smoothie, I blame them. They sabotaged him. His previous teammates have all given significant evidence that he was doping but I think he was the only one on the team with natural ability. It’s the Tour De Lance.