Cancer survivor, cycling legend and all round sporting hero Lance Armstrong has decided not to contest the latest claims brought against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and will consequently have his seven Tour de France wins ” obliterated” and see himself banned from the sport for life.
The 40-year-old cyclist who retired from the sport last year released a statement on his website in which he proclaimed “Enough is enough. For me, that time is now.” The Texas born star has always denied any allegations of drug-use and has been fighting off claims from the USADA following allegations in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing drugs to improve his endurance in the sport. He has stated before he would “jump at the chance” to prove his innocence before ultimately refusing “to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair.”
Armstrong’s attorney released a statement in which revealed the sporting hero had “passed every drug test ever administered to him in his career – a total of 500 to 600 tests” and that this was “more drug tests than any athlete in history.”
The record breaking Tour winner says he will now concentrate on his charity “Livestrong” set up following his own battle with testicular cancer. He stated:
“I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities. This October, my Foundation will celebrate 15 years of service to cancer survivors and the milestone of raising nearly $500 million.”
Meanwhile the International Cycling Union (UCI) – the Cycling world’s governing body – has said they will await a report from the USADA before commenting on Armstrong’s case.