Armstrong Stripped of Tour de France Titles
USADA yanks all 7 titles, bans him from sport for life
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2012 10:46 PM CDT
Updated Aug 24, 2012 10:57 AM CDT
Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France in 2010. He's got a lot more to grimace about now.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

(Newser) – The US Anti-Doping Agency has officially stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from the sport for life for doping, after saying it would do so last night. That announcement came after Armstrong dropped further challenges to USADA accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the premier bike race from 1999 to 2005, reports the Wall Street Journal. "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough,'" Armstrong said in a statement. "The toll this has taken on my family and on me leads me to where I am today—finished with this nonsense."

Though Armstrong has admitted nothing, dropping his fight is viewed by the agency as an admission of guilt, notes AP. Armstrong insists the USADA has no authority to strip him of his titles, though agency head Travis Tygart says it does. The decision could be appealed by the International Cycling Union, the governing body of the sport, but it has never before challenged a decision of the USADA. The UCI this morning said it will wait for the USADA to explain why Armstrong should be stripped of them before commenting on the case, noting the World Anti-Doping Code requires this in cases "where no hearing occurs." Tour de France organizers are also holding off on commenting.

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Aug 25, 2012 10:39 AM CDT
If the French take away Armstrong's wins, the sport will lose all credibility. Basically, all of the cheating French in the sport were doping, and Armstrong along with all of the other racers had to level the playing field. Otherwise, the French always win their rigged sport like they did for decades. Then comes around an American and he takes them all to school for 7 years straight. The French just can't accept that an American could have done so and they are willing to do whatever witch hunt to erase his legitimate victories. If they take away his titles, I will never watch the rigged sport again! No one else will. What's the point.. if watching the races, and getting excited about the racers and who wins, is all for nothing because years later, those wins and victories are taken away. Basically, the USADA is erasing my memories and my own triumphs, as I won when Armstrong won, we all did.
Aug 24, 2012 7:56 PM CDT
Accused, convicted, stripped of his titles. WITHOUT A SHRED OF EVIDENCE. I call it legal rape.
Aug 24, 2012 6:57 PM CDT
witch hunt...