Lance Armstrong Will Not Fight Doping Charges, Could Lose Seven Tour De France Titles
After years of fighting doping allegations, Lance Armstrong has given up his fight, opting not to fight doping charges from the US Anti-Doping Agency that accuse Armstrong of cheating his way to his seven Tour de France championships.
This is not a new issue to Armstrong, who has battled to keep his name clean against French tabloids and fellow cyclist Floyd Landis during his career.
Armstrong cited that he has grown wary of fighting these type of accusations for over a decade since winning his first title in 1999, the start of a seven consecutive championship streak that put him in the conversation as one of the greatest cyclists of all time. Now he may lose all seven of his trophies.
Before any action is taken to strip Armstrong of any victories, the International Cycling Union plans on waiting until hearing from the USADA as to why Amstrong is deserving of that kind of punishment.
It’s a bit hard to believe that someone as resilient as Armstrong and someone with his competitive edge would just let people drag his name through the mud without a fight. Regardless of whether or not Armstrong was guilty of doping, his refusal to continue fighting the charges will cloud his legacy for good.