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Burn The Witch!! Burn The Witch!!

Lance Armstrong To Be Stripped Of All Cycling Awards

USADA: By Giving Up The Fight Against 13 Years Of Spurious Charges, He Is Admitting Guilt

File this one under “damned if you do”

Armstrong faces lifetime ban, loss of 7 Tour titles after dropping doping charges fight

With stunning swiftness, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he dropped his fight against drug charges that threatened his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time.

Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday. And under the World Anti-Doping Code, he would lose the bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics as well as any awards, event titles and cash earnings.

Armstrong, who retired last year, effectively dropped his fight by declining to enter USADA’s arbitration process—his last option—because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests he passed as proof of his innocence while piling up Tour titles from 1999 to 2005.

“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. He called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.”

USADA reacted quickly and treated Armstrong’s decision as an admission of guilt, hanging the label of drug cheat on an athlete who was a hero to thousands for overcoming life-threatening testicular cancer and for his foundation’s support for cancer research.

“It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and athletes,” Tygart said. “It’s a heartbreaking example of win at all costs overtaking the fair and safe option. There’s no success in cheating to win.”


And it goes on and on. Disgusting. Armstrong has been under these accusations for nearly a decade and a half. A two year federal investigation turned up NOTHING, yet half a year later USADA was ready to burn him at the stake because some other bicycle doper dropped a dime on him while trying to lessen his own charges. And we MUST pander to Europe, especially those sniveling, sanctimonious, snide, and envious Fwench, who just can not stand it that an American won their beloved event. Time. After. Time. After. Time. After. Time. Impossible! Inconceivable! There must be cheating!!

USADA maintains that Armstrong has used banned substances as far back as 1996, including the blood-booster EPO and steroids as well as blood transfusions—all to boost his performance.

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“There is zero physical evidence to support (the) outlandish and heinous claims,” Armstrong said. “The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of (doping) controls I have passed with flying colors.”

Armstrong sued USADA in Austin, where he lives, in an attempt to block the case and was supported by the UCI. A judge threw out the case on Monday, siding with USADA despite questioning the agency’s pursuit of Armstrong in his retirement.

“USADA’s conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives,” such as politics or publicity, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks wrote.

And yet this judge, this Texas judge, let the witch hunt start right up again.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/24/2012 at 07:32 AM   
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