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Lance Armstrong stripped of his titles

Posted by Kristi Palma  August 24, 2012 08:22 AM

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Cycling champion Lance Armstrong, who won seven Tour de France titles and beat testicular cancer, is throwing in the towel in his years-long battle against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency over allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

As a result, the US Anti-Doping Agency stripped Armstrong of his seven titles and banned him for life from the sport.

Read more from the AP.

"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 on his website.

Armstrong has always denied allegations of illegal doping and has never been convicted of any doping charges. But the agency is accusing Armstrong of using, possessing, trafficking, and giving to others performance-enhancing drugs, as well as covering up doping violations, according to the report. Testimony from former teammates support the charges, the agency says.

The retired cyclist says he stopped fighting the charges because he is tired of what he calls an unfair battle to prove his innocence and wants to focus on helping people fight cancer instead.

What do you think? Should Armstong be stripped of his titles?

 

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