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. Lifted Websites

    He will still be a legend to cycling. With or without performance enhancing drugs you still have to be a dedicated athlete.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    That guy's got a lot of nut taking on the USADA!

    Seriously though, I really think he probably was doping. We tend to hold atheletes in very high esteem but many of these people would give anything to win. You can't do these things full time unless you make money at them and you can't make money at them unless you're the best.
    Also, it is not hard to hide doping. People make the mistake of thinking that an athelete who uses drugs is certainly going to get caught unless they find a way to pay someone off or else smuggle in someone elses urine. Not true. Athelets do it intelligently/ They use new technology and they rely on the fact that the IOC really doesn't want to know. They made the mistake of getting strict with the testing in Sydney and they will never do that again because people got a glimpse of just how bad the problem is.
    These sports are big business and no one is going to destroy their own business by showing the world how corrupt and meaningless it is.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annie

      I happen to know some internationally-ranked endurance athletes personally, and they are tested every single day...and are required to inform the agency of their predicted whereabouts at all times. It's not as easy to hide as you might think.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Or it could be easier then you think.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      In 2003, Dr. Wade Exum, the United States Olympic Committee's director of drug control administration from 1991 to

      August 24, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan Conway

    Okay. Did he, or didn't he? Frankly I don't care anymore. But since Lance has retired from cycling the Tour de France has become the Bore de France. He animated the race like no other rider since Eddy Merckx or Bernard Hinault and made me care about cycling. No disrespect to Bradley Wiggins but this year's tour had the crushing inevitability of a badly produced historical docudrama plodding along to a conclusion everyone knows in advance. Lance, I wish you had put more effort into fighting the charges but wish you the best with whatever comes next. Livestrong.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kenney

    All the doping he has done has actually made his riding a lot easier for on thing he doped for the advantage , second now he has a nut missing so it doesnt get in the way anymore one less thing for him to worry about

    August 24, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kenney

    @ mark we dont like you stop using such foul language,,,,,,,;,;,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,@@@@@CNN@NCL SAIDI can we somehow take this person mark off of here his foul language is not wanted and is completly not needed here

    August 24, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kenney

    @mark you very immature since you didnt know that already right i will fight you till the very end,,,,,, since you have already exposed yourself now i will work you in the opposite direction you wont like that will you

    August 24, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    What's the frequency Kenney?

    August 24, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Next:

    PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY. The NHL needs dump trucks to carry all the drugs players use.
    "The Fix is In". Read this book and know the truth about "American" pro sports. ty

    August 24, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. @CNN

    What happened to the other Lance Armstron story? (Joe Schmo, Harro, and Philip had posted comments, and now the entire thread AND news story have been deleted) Why.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. @CNN

    ...and you just deleted Philip's illustration showing how easily people were fooled about Lance Armstrong's case just as they are fooled concerning the case of 9/11.
    The only ones who do not know the TRUTH about Lance Armstrong and 9/11 are the ones who don't want the truth, some even denying that truth even exists.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @regs. We are missing one Lance blog. CNN posted a followup to this story earlier this morning. Three responses were posted. (Joe Schmo, who posted pure BS. 'Harro', me posed as a bad ass mountain bike, posted "If you didn't already know Armstrong was a doper, you probly don't know 9/11 either"...and then, moi, saying to apologize for calling me names, etc. when i "dissed" Lancey boy and Georgie boy, men auf de same clothen.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    The second news story was of USADA statement... Lance has been stripped of his 7 Tour de France "victories".

    August 24, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    ..."georgie boy"...YOU jumped on his Iraqi 9/11 WMD War wagon right-along with your Congressperson. YOU were ALL wrong about Iraqi WMDs and have YET to formally apologize.
    I feel that President Obama should apologize on hehalf of just the DEAD christians who used to dwell in Iraq who were bombed collaterally (if even) b/c of the PROVEN LIES.
    This really chaps my ass.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Kagiso

      Domestic Violence is a seriuos ofefnse. This issue can be very touchy for some people who subject themselves in this type of situation mentally or physically an verbal abuse. Its not hard to get into an abusive relationship because when most people meet they only show you what they want you to see in themselves. I know several females who was in abusive relationships an stayed in it because they were to scared to leave for themselves to better their lives. Its more men being abuse as well as woman . Look people if you're in an abusive relationship please stand up for yourselve this isnt something to take likely of people tend to say im leaving an you hear about them missing on the new so wake up people. Handle your business an protect yourself an do the right thing.

      December 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. USian drool

    Oooooh. You just wait untill we get our hands on Iran and Venezuela if you think of just a few hundred thousand Iraqi citizens.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. USian drool

    Unless of course your congressmperson was D. congressWOMAN Cynthia McKinney. She stood on the floor and explained The Carlyle Group in great detail for ALL of you to hear. But you IGNORED her! (and so ignorance is no ecuse since the www)

    August 24, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Sweet Jessica

      I think it was all a conspiracy perpetrated so people will be more accepting of the daylight-savings-time changes. The government knows we want the time left alone. They are now practicing this time-shifting to increase the productivity of workers. This coverup goes all the way to the upper eschillons and has been responsible for wars in both Afganistan and Iraq. It is time this information is brought to public light.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
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