Armstrong stops fight against doping probe
August 23rd, 2012
10:55 PM ET

Armstrong stops fight against doping probe

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said early Friday it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and impose a lifetime ban, a move that came just hours after the cyclist announced he would no longer fight charges of illegal doping.

A formal announcement by the USADA is expected later in the day, "but his choosing not to contest the charges means that there will be a lifetime ban and a loss of all results beginning from August 1, 1998," agency spokeswoman Annie Skinner told CNN in an emailed statement.

Even so, there is a question about whether the USADA - a quasi-government agency recognized as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sports in the United States - has the authority to take action against Armstrong.

The International Cycling Federation, whom Armstrong has said should be the arbiter in his case, has opposed the American agency's actions by claiming it has jurisdiction. That position has been recently backed by USA Cycling, the official cycling organization recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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  1. Sweet Jessica

    I agree. I hope they put him in jail. A few years in prison would straighten him out.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Sweet Jessica

      I'm not a j iggaboo. You hurted my feelings.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Demarcus Jackson

    Bicycle riding is just dumb.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Niebling

      Cycling maybe dumb in your opinion but, thats hardly relevent here. What sport or hobby do you follow or take part in? Would you like it or think it fair if big brother government stepped in and rained on the parade of lets just say Michael Jordon and tried to say he wasnt the man we all took him for years ago. Personally I dont like playing basketball and often laugh about what a big deal the final 4 is w my coworkers. This is america atleast for a little while longer lets try to be objective amd not let our individual opinions speak but our intelect and sense of fairness.

      August 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Julia Donehew

    USADA – an agency with power but no accountability. Proof that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And a personal vandetta can ruin a career and a reputation. If memory serves (and it does), Lance Armstrong has NEVER FAILED A DRUG TEST IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER!!! This witchunt by the USADA and Travis Tygert is a travesty and a farce! Hopefully he will lose his job and the USADA will be de-certified over this one.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Duke5343

    RESULTS of BIG Gov which you liberal Dems Support are stepping more and more into your lives and your TOO STupid to see it- this is going to get worse under Obama & His Liberal Ciminals – US is going to be a massive Gov controled state

    August 24, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Silly, disingenuous statement made by a partisan shill that has NOTING to do with the issue.
      Well done!

      August 24, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan McKeown

      what about bystanders who get shot by gunman? They could argue that big government conservatives allowed strangers to bring guns into their lives and end them

      August 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marcus Jordan

    Should it not be up to the sports governing body to rule on such matters? Why are my tax dollars funding such an idiotic organization in the first place? Not to mention he has passed HUNDREDS of tests during his career and was cleared.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    The Anti-Doping Agency would be better employed by testing our Congressional

    August 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cindy

    Armstrong should not give up. Instead he should fight on. The Anti-Doping Agency are dope head themselves.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Armstrong has been doped for years. Don't be too hard on yourself for being so ignorant of it all these years. It's an American thang.

    August 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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