After deciding to stop fighting the drug charges against him the U.S. Anti Doping Agency said Armstrong will be stripped of his seven titles and hit with a lifetime ban.
Armstrong retired last year and turned down the option of arbitration because he said he was weary of fighting drug accusations. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests that he has passed as proof of his innocence during his extraordinary run of Tour titles from1999-2005.
“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 in a statement sent to The Associated Press. He called the USADA investigation an “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.”
The USADA considered his withdrawal an admission of guilt and while Armstrong continues to deny the allegations, the USADA points to several former teammates who were ready to testify to his doping. Armstrong still asserts his innocence saying,’There is zero physical evidence to support (the) outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of (doping) controls I have passed with flying colors,” Armstrong said.
This investigation begs the question of the USADA’s power and ability to control an international sport. We also have to qustion whether its aggressive puruit of Armstrong is more about the man or to send a message aboug doping. Either way, this case is over.
Armstrong has made a decision to move on to the next phase of his life. While he may arguably be considered the best cyclist in history, the stain of these allegations has left a mark which cannot be erased.
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