Lance Armstrong won’t fight USADA charges

Repost from CYCLING NEWS

Maintains UCI is only agency with power to ban him

Lance Armstrong has opted not to fight the charges of doping and conspiracy leveled against him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

“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 in a statement. “I have 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 have 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.”

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2 thoughts on “Lance Armstrong won’t fight USADA charges

  1. I think that there is a huge misunderstanding of this news story by the general public (maybe most news stories are misunderstood). Many people think that Lance Armstrong admitted defeat in his fight against USADA, thereby indirectly implying his guilt in all the doping allegations, however, it is simply a matter of his not recognizing their jurisdiction. Many people also erroneously think that USADA has the power to strip him of all his wins going right back to the beginning of his career.

  2. What I don’t really get is why, if it’s “political” as Armstrong maintains, it’s the USADA that keeps after him and not the UCI? I am not really astute in the politics of professional cycling but it seems odd to me that it’s an American body that keeps pursuing Armstrong and not a European one. Is it because the UCI has a sunset policy on how long they pursue doping investigations? Anyways, I sense a fatigue in the sports community and with the fans generally over this matter. I think Armstrong is confident that his reputation and his foundation can survive it.

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