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. Dark Poet

    LIVESTRONG.... dope up when you think no one is looking!

    August 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kobe

    USADA: We think you're cheating, please pee in this cup.
    Lance: Here you go.
    USADA: You passed.
    {next 13 years} USADA: blah blah blah
    Lance: f*** it, whatevers.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy

      Unbelievable witch-hunt. What a waste of time and effort.

      Keep fighting Lance!

      August 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • caryhigh


      August 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. convoluted

    Ok he had thousands of clean tests, the method used to determine doping. Nothing would make you critics believe he was clean, and that's what the USADA counts on, not the facts.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawc

      Hmmm.... the USADA is only going on the fact all his teammates testifying they all doped together with Lance for years as evidence.

      But I guess they're all just out to get Lance too.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gary Corfitzson

    First of all, it isn't that Armstrong "maintains" that he never tested positive; fact is he DIDN'T ever test possitive.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. annie

    About time he did what's right! He knows he did it...I was a server to Floyd Landis way back when this all came out, the guy was angry and sang like a canary! Armstrong is a major "Douge" perfect example of the higher they climb the harder they fall!!!

    August 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stackthepilot

      Wow, That is the best you have??

      August 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jennifer holland

    Finally ! Like when Anderson Cooper came out of the closet – everyone already knew he was gay – everyone has always known that Armstrong cheated. I think it's a great day – I have seen kids idolizing this man – this shows them that cheaters really never win and honest effort and honest results not false results are the ticket to success. He should hang his head in shame – especially for everyone he duped – especially his youngest fans 🙁 ! What a disappointment Lance

    August 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Beavis


    August 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Salsa Rider

    I wish the USADA would just admit most professional cyclists competing in major stage races are getting some kind of pharmaceutical assistance. This is just a witch hunt with weak evidence at best. If there was solid evidence, Lance would have been caught years ago. Unless he confesses, it wont prove anything.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    've been waiting a long time, but I guess I will never have the opportunity to hear LA deny drug use and blood doping under oath. If he pursued arbitration he would have had to. Maybe he remembers what happened to Marion Jones

    August 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Barton

    I always knew Lance Armstrong was a pig!!! I could tell by looking at his beady eyed face. Strip hm of everything, ban him from cycling ever again. After all, he retired twice, and then chose to compete again. Very dishonest. So why would he tell the truth about doping???

    August 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joon

    Hahaha, Americans don't realize most of their top athletes are dopes. All those gold medals at the Olympics are not from hard work and good genes. Just good doctors.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I guess Canadian Ben Johnson had a bad doctor.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Hey Bob! Look up Carl Lewis. Bet you never heard the rest of that story. It's certainly not just Americans but performance enhancing drugs are taken regularily and the sad truth is that the better you are and the more medals you win the more likely that you're taking something.
      Ben Johnson got nailed hard. Wrong place at the wrong time. Carl Lewis on the other hand managed to avoid all the bad press.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Celisti

    where are the evidences? Armstrong has never been tested positive, right? how can they just declare he cheated on Tour De France without any evidence?

    they must have a lot of tax payer money to waste on this like many government agencies!

    August 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawc

      His teammates testifying they all doped together for years is the evidence.

      Lots of other pro athletes passed drug tests their whole careers only to admit to cheating years later.

      Sadly passing a drug test doesn't mean you're clean.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ken thornhill

    Does it mean he can never ride a bicycle again?

    August 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hawc

    Apparently the Live Strong foundation has begun legally separating itself from Lance for months now in preparation for this day so they can carry on despite him.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 57Strat

    Before you lynch the guy, remember that he passed hundreds of drug tests w/o any positive tests. He went in a cup I am certain hundreds of more times than say Melky Cabrera, thus increasing his changes of being caught. I might be proven wrong and he may have been using for years, but I have to feel for the guy. He is out of sports and most likely doesn't have any endorsements, so the legal costs have to be brutal. Just to defend his name.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
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