THE REST — 23 August 2012
Lance Armstrong Ends Fight Against Doping Charges, Will Be Stripped of Titles and Banned For Life

You could make the argument that cycling is a dirtier sport than baseball. The Babe Ruth of cycling, Lance Armstrong, has been in hot water for some time now because he is believed to have cheated his way to seven consecutive Tour de France victories.

Well, Lance has decided to not fight charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Is this an admission of guilt? I’d say so. In all likelihood, he’ll be stripped of his seven titles and be banned for life.

Declaring “enough is enough,” Lance Armstrong says he will not fight charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a surprising decision that sets the stage for the cyclist to be stripped of the Tour de France titles that turned him into an American hero.

Armstrong, 40, said his decision did not mean he would accept USADA‘s sanctions. His lawyers threatened a lawsuit if USADA punishes Armstrong, arguing that the agency must first resolve a dispute with the International Cycling Union over whether a case against Armstrong should be pursued against based on the evidence.

“It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said. “This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition.”

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