Lance Armstrong "to be stripped of 7 Tour de France titles"

Published by Alison Potter
Published on 24 August 2012

Lance Armstrong is one of the most celebrated and well-known cyclists of all time. But the Tour de France winner, who's been plagued by doping charges throughout his career, has given up opposing the drug charges levied against him by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Lance Armstrong "to be stripped of 7 Tour de France titles"

Lance Armstrong

The 40-year-old’s decision was viewed as an admission of guilt by the USADA.

It’s now expected that the American sports hero will be stripped of the record seven Tour de France titles he won between 1999 and 2005.

The cycling icon, who made an inspirational and remarkable career comeback after testicular cancer, maintains that he’s never used blood doping to illegitimately enhance his performance.

He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests that he's passed as proof he was clean.

But the USADA still intend to destroy his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists in history by imposing a lifelong ban from cycling on the sporting legend.

Armstrong released a statement explaining his frustration with the organisation, calling it an “unconstitutional witch hunt”.

The sportsman added: “USADA cannot assert control of a professional international sport and attempt to strip my seven Tour de France titles.

“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.”

Adding: “I am...finished with this nonsense.”

The USADA alleges that Armstrong has used banned substances as far back as 1996, specifically the blood-booster EPO, steroids and blood transfusions to help him win the demanding race.

Armstrong’s disgrace will no doubt upset his millions of fans worldwide, who were inspired by his remarkable return to cycling after recovering from testicular cancer.

After his diagnosis the cyclist was given a 40 percent chance of survival, but he went on to make a full recovery and even established his own cancer foundation, which has so far raised in the region of $500 million.