Lance Armstrong to Be Stripped of Tour de France Victories

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Lance Armstrong will be banned from cycling and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the organization said in a stunning announcement last night.

The punishment stems from drug charges brought against the world famous cyclist that he is declining to fight.

"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, referring to the USADA's investigation an "unconstitutional witch hunt."

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After refusing to follow though with an arbitration process that could officially clear his name, Armstrong added:

"I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. 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."

USADA believes that Armstrong starting taking banned substances in 1996, including the blood-booster EPO and steroids, as well as blood transfusions.

It maintains that blood samples taken from the athlete in 2009 and 2010 tested positive for "blood ma­nipu­la­tion."

Says Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive: "It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and athletes. It's a heartbreaking example of win at all costs overtaking the fair and safe option. There's no success in cheating to win."

A two-year federal criminal investigation into similar charges against Armstrong concluded in 2011 without any evidence to support the initial claims. Many, however, will believe that Armstrong's decision NOT to fight the latest allegations is an admission of guilt.

"I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours," said the cancer survivor.

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YIPPEE! I'm soo sick of them cheating it makes me SICK! He should be lucky he beat cancer but he's not gonna beat CHEATING!

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Lance I guess all your bull has finally caught up with you. I know what I'm about to say happened many years ago, but WHAT YOU DID TO CHERYL CROW, they say pay backs are a bitch. You can't treat people like you did. CHERYL was sick at the time and you gave it the heave ho and that was not cool brother no way shape or form. So now deal with the problems you made for yourself, PERIOD

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IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! There have already been 10 teammates that have confirmed his illegal doping. They should have banned him 2 years ago. I have the same cancer as him. The chemicals he uses are strictly for enhancing performace - NOT TREATING CANCER. He has been using the cancer to get a free pass on the illegal doping.

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Thats just horrible. He passed the tests at the time of the races. Its not right that they want to go back and take them away. Hes a winner!

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I COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT I HEARD ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO LANCE. HE IS A WINNER AND ALWAYS WILL BE. THAT COMMITTEE SHOULD WAKE UP, SMELL THE ROSES AND GET A LIFE.

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This is a shame...as a cancer survivor, I know how much effort this took for him to win those races. After cancer and the grueling treatments that deplete your natural energy, you sometimes need medication to restore balance. In my case, I needed a blood transfusion and needles everyday just to function. I am not aware of Lance's treatment plan but I do know he started from a very disvadvantaged start point. In my mind he will always be a Winner!

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What a shame!!!

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This is bullshit.....the "powers that be" kills me with "their" antics and tactics when wanting to wage war and continue these smear campaigns against ppl that dont conform to their bullcrap... quitting is the stellar thing to do when dealing with sick fucks....i wonder what the REAL story is behind this assasination of character.....sad....just sad..

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