Back in August we got word that the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) was preparing to strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles and impose a lifetime ban on him, following an investigation into the famed cyclist’s use of performance-enhancing drugs. Lance had discontinued his fight against the USADA but also maintained his innocence and claimed that they could not strip him of his wins. However, as of today, the International Cycling Union has confirmed that Lance is, indeed, being stripped of his titles. Click inside to learn more.
CNN has the report:
Lance Armstrong is losing the seven cycling titles that made him a legend.
The International Cycling Union announced Monday that Armstrong is being stripped of his Tour de France titles.
“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling,” said the union’s president, Pat McQuaid, announcing that Armstrong is banned from the sport.
The decision follows this month’s finding by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that there is “overwhelming” evidence that Armstrong was involved as a professional cyclist in “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program.”
McQuaid said he was “sickened” by the report.
But he emphasized, “Cycling has a future.”…
Armstrong has steadfastly maintained his innocence. At an event Sunday, he did not refer to the controversy directly but said it’s been “an interesting and at times very difficult few weeks.”
Armstrong’s story — that of a cancer survivor who tamed the grueling three-week race more than any other cyclist before or since — had made him a household name. But allegations of doping long dogged his career.
Then came this month’s finding by the USADA.
This month’s findings showed that Armstrong had extensive communication (which involved money laundering, tax evasion and widespread doping) with a Swiss company and its disgraced doctor, Michele Ferrari. You can read more about the USADA‘s findings here.
I know a lot of PITNBRS felt that since Lance Armstrong did pass hundreds of drug tests, this whole movement made no sense. But from what I understand, it’s not impossible to pass these tests and still be guilty of using drugs. A recent 30 For 30 documentary on ESPN explored this method in professional runners and it was frightening to hear so many athletes confess to using drugs and explain that pretty much everyone does it, and there are ways to get away with it, ways for reports to go missing, etc.
What do you guys think of the news? I understand Lance Armstrong has also steadily been losing endorsement deals, so this is (obviously) no small potatoes. And, regardless of guilt or innocence, this has to be an exhausting process for him. The USADA seems hell bent on dragging his name through the mud– but does he deserve it?