USADA strips 7 Tour titles from Lance Armstrong

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles Friday, erasing one of the most incredible achievements in sports after deciding he had used performance-enhancing drugs to do it.

Armstrong, who retired a year ago, was also hit with a lifetime ban from cycling. An athlete who became a hero to thousands for overcoming cancer and for his foundation's fight against the disease is now officially a drug cheat in the eyes of his nation's doping agency.

In a news release, USADA said Armstrong's decision not to take the charges against him to arbitration triggers the lifetime ineligibility and forfeiture of all results from Aug. 1, 1998, through the present, which would include the Tour de France titles he won from 1999 through 2005.

Armstrong has strongly denied doping and contends USADA was on a "witch hunt" without any physical evidence against him.

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  • by Kathy Location: Grand Junction on Aug 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
    I read these comments all the time and I can't believe how many hateful people there are in this community.And so many comments from people who don't have a clue about anything!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM in reply to Kathy
      And you seem to be at the top of that list, Ms. Goodie.
  • by Amen Brother on Aug 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM
    You just cannot say it as well as the second best cyclist. He is a class act. Former champion Miguel Indurain says Lance Armstrong should keep his seven Tour de France titles until drug charges are proven by a single authority recognized by everyone in the sport. Five-time Tour winner Indurain says "until an organization recognized by all decides to the contrary, the Tour victories are his." Indurain, who won five straight Tours from 1991-95, says there are too many national and international bodies with differing interests in the fight against doping. Indurain also calls the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's case against Armstrong "strange," claiming its pursuit of the American was "without scruples." The Spanish cyclist, writing in Saturday's Marca newspaper, says he isn't surprised Armstrong chose not to contest charges from USADA.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 at 05:51 AM
    Even Nerds get caught!
  • by Jimmy on Aug 25, 2012 at 05:40 AM
    Level the playing field for all professional sports, allow any and all performance enhancers. In 20 years we'd have drugs without the damaging side effects AND a boatload of super-athletes, that'd be cool.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2012 at 10:23 PM
    If one was truly innocent one would fight this to the bitter end and not roll over and quit.
  • by Winkerbean on Aug 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM
    The sin is that he got caught. There is not a legitimate professional sport left on earth. If you want sport, go watch the kids play.
  • by Bogus on Aug 24, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    This is so typical of our society in 2012. Make dozens of unverified claims, launch repeated investigations, repeat unsubstantiated allegations and then claim victory when the victim is finally tired of SUCCESSFULLY defending himself. This phoney, bologna pseudo agency jumped on the WE WIN bandwagon shamefully fast. Lance Armstrong passed the most sophisticated drug tests after each race and dozens more yet years after he retired he is still spending a great deal of money and precious time defending himself against so far unproven allegations. Until someone wins 8 Tours then Lance is the greatest cyclist to ever ride. PERIOD!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2012 at 06:19 PM in reply to Bogus
      He was getting clean blood tranfusions to mask his doping. This has been widely known for a while.
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        by Bogus on Aug 25, 2012 at 07:00 AM in reply to
        PROVE IT!
  • by Micah on Aug 24, 2012 at 04:24 PM
    He was tested many times and was clean, also how can a US agency strip someone of titles for a race that is not a US sponsored event? Another point to think about and maybe ask about is how much tax money was spent in this witch hunt?
  • by Daniel Location: GJ on Aug 24, 2012 at 02:31 PM
    An atheist. Let's see him explain why this one happened. Is it because the world he created wasn't good enough for him? Or is it because he is not good enough for the world that allowed him to evolve to this point? And free thinker? Can someone tell me how atheists can be free-thinkers when the language, math, science, history, physical world, etc. they use to communicate/think was not of their creation? They are using things not of their own, and undeniably are the product of the world they live in. They cannot, therefore, be "free-thinkers".
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      by Scott on Aug 24, 2012 at 04:45 PM in reply to Daniel
      Anyone can be a free-thinker. You simply have to let yourself consider all options and be open to the possibility that you might be wrong. Of course, that's beyond most people here in the valley.
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        by Not Impressed on Aug 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM in reply to Scott
        THEN MOVE!
        • reply
          by Scott on Aug 24, 2012 at 07:01 PM in reply to Not Impressed
          Why? If any place needs freethinkers, its the Grand Valley.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM in reply to Daniel
      Since you are wondering Daniel, http://atheism.about.com/od/atheismquestions/a/freethinker.htm
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      by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM in reply to Daniel
      Daniel, I know you have google, do not fear it, god will not smote you, lol, http://atheism.about.com/od/Atheist-Dictionary/g/Freethinker-Definition.htm
  • by Poorsprocketheads on Aug 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM
    This is what happens when you wear the pointdexter helmet, have the constant wedgey from cute little gay pants and think you are the greatest. Some how I cant feel sorry for this Smuck!
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      by failed public school on Aug 24, 2012 at 01:45 PM in reply to Poorsprocketheads
      a) it's spelled poindexter, b) it's spelled wedgy, and c) somehow is one word. Your family tree looks like fence post...
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2012 at 04:16 PM in reply to failed public school
        Well Buckwheat, if you had a life and wasnt married to your sister things would be better for you.
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