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08/24/2012

Lance Armstrong still won those 7 tours & can keep the resulting riches

Tumblr_m4gvh6GmWj1r03l80A big celebration today throughout France as Enemy No. 1 of the Tour De France has finally been caught. Kinda. Sorta. Maybe. Not really.

Lance Armstrong is being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the U.S. Anti Doping Agency.

Not sure how the USADA has the authority and power to strip Armstrong of title won in a foreign country, but ... whatever. I can't imagine the Tour de France officials, who always seem to have a sticky relationship with Lance, disagreeing. But the whole thing feels needless.

Armstrong is banned for life from the sport of cycling, even though he retired last year. He will be 41 later this year, so it's not as if he was going to return to France any time soon to begin competing for another championship.

Armstrong is basically giving up this fight. What's the point? There have been so many accusations that Armstrong took PEDs during his career that to continue this seems pointless. He won the titles. He made a ton of coin. 

"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now," Armstrong said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

Good for him. He is 40. Who cares?

Do I think he took PEDs? Very likely. Wouldn't surprise me. It does seem that most cyclists these days have to take something to be successful in that sport. Even though Armstrong's body from a young age was practically designed for endurance sports, and in today's climate of "everybody takes something", no one should be surprised if he did.

There is so much evidence and so many allegations that he took something that there should at least be some doubt. But the reality is he passed every test he ever took. 

Whether you like it or not, whether you believe him or not, there is no disputing he won the titles, and he beat cancer.

Lance is now saying, "I don't care anymore if you don't believe me." Good for him.

 

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Comments

bobke

Mac,what role is the USDA playing in this? Your article is the first place I have seen the USDA mentioned.

Scrub

He took drugs. Lots of them. He should be stripped of his wealth and celebrity if that were possible.

StJohnnie

The usada has NO authority to any TDF medals. Lance did NOT give up his TDF victories. He told usada he would not participate in their witch hunt. He passed all blood test & pee test. He is done with it. Like John Gault, he is on strike. So, stick it politicians.

I call bs

Lance belongs in the Hall of Shame for all the drugs he took. He makes me sick.

Worn Out

Why is the USDA wasting our tax payer money when we are in a recession with so many out of work. This seems so trivial compared to what everyday people are going through. I'm embarrassed for the USDA

Larry Nuosce

I have followed this story closely. As a clean athelete, it raises far more questions about the actions and motivations of the USADA, than it answers about Lance Armstrong, for me.

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