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Lance Armstrong is to be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after he announced he will not contest USADA's charges against him.

Having tried for weeks to bring about legal action and political action to stop the case, Armstrong has now said in a statement that he is 'finished with this nonsense.'

In a statement published on his website yesterday he said: "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999."

He continues to attack USADA, a body whose processes he had previously supported, saying; "I had hoped that a federal court would stop USADA's charade...... If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA's process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and - once and for all - put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance."

"But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair. Regardless of what Travis Tygart says, there is zero physical evidence to support his outlandish and heinous claims."

Had Armstrong wanted to defend himself over the charges he would have had to do so in a public arbitration hearing. The American could also be banned for life from all sports that operate under the WADA code, meaning he won't be able to compete in any more Ironman events.

Armstrong won the Tour de France on seven consecutive occasions from 1999 to 2005 to become the most successful Tour rider in history. Tour organisers the ASO are yet to make any statement.

More to come....

Related links

Armstrong attacks USADA for opening formal action against him

Armstrong banned from triathlons as new doping charges are brought against him

Judge dismisses Armstrong lawsuit against USADA

UCI attempts to block USADA Armstrong case

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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