After years of fighting for his name, brand and seven Tour de France titles, Lance Armstrong announced Thursday he would no longer battle the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s allegations. Rick Maese reported on the fallout of that decision, including USADA’s move to strip him of his titles, and ban him from cycling for life.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday it was banning cyclist Lance Armstrong for life and stripping him of his record seven Tour de France titles. In a news release, USADA said Armstrong’s decision not to take the charges against him to arbitration triggers the lifetime ban and forfeiture of his Tour victories from 1999 to 2005.
The International Cycling Union, which has been fighting with USADA over jurisdiction in the Armstrong matter, asked USADA to present its case against Armstrong. The Amaury Sport Organization, which runs the Tour de France, declined comment until a hearing with the cycling organization and USADA takes place.