In a ridiculous turn of events, Lance Armstrong had all of his sports career accolades stripped from him because of poposterous allegations. Really!! The super athlete and humanitarian, threw in the towel and decided to stop fighting the USADA who has been trying to bring him down for the past 3 years. I guess they couldn’t accept that maybe he is the best cyclist in history. Beating cancer and raising over 500 million dollars for the cause wasn’t enough, bringing hope to millions of people wasn’t enough, training your entire life to accomplish your dreams wasn’t enough, beating out every other country in the world 7 times wasn’t enough, being a great example for anyone that thought they couldn’t come back from a debilitating disease wasn’t enough. Even though he passed the drug test every year and never gave signs of taking enhancement drugs…and he is retired, it still wasn’t enough. Because obviously, to the USADA if you take a pill, you should be able to accomplish what no other human being has ever been able to accomplish before Lance Armstrong….yeah right. Here’s the sad story:
The 40-year-old Armstrong walked away from the sport in 2011 without being charged after a two-year federal criminal investigation into many of the same accusations he faces from USADA. The federal probe was closed in February, but USADA announced in June it had evidence Armstrong used banned substances and methods — and encouraged their use by teammates. The agency also said it had blood tests from 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent” with blood doping.
Included in USADA’s evidence were emails written by Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after a positive drug test. Landis’ emails to a USA Cycling official detailed allegations of a complex doping program on the team.
USADA also said it had 10 former Armstrong teammates ready to testify against him. Other than suggesting they include Landis and Tyler Hamilton, both of whom have admitted to doping offenses, the agency has refused to say who they are or specifically what they would say.
“There is zero physical evidence to support (the) outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of (doping) controls I have passed with flying colors,” Armstrong said.
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 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.
Now the ultra-competitive Armstrong has done something virtually unthinkable for him: He has quit before a fight is over.
“Today I turn the page. 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,” Armstrong said.
Well, Lance Armstrong, you’re still a hero to me.