Seven Tour de France titles and Olympic Brozne Medal taken away; Faces lifetime ban from sport
NATIONAL NEWS — Lance Armstrong ended the battle Thursday of an investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Armstrong's reason for the move - to end the speculation surrounding the use of performance-enhancing drugs during his record-breaking cycling run and end the scrutiny on him and his family. However, ending the fight going into arbitration with USADA, where witnesses would have testified for and against him, only furthers the agency's speculation that he is guilty.
Armstrong's decision will most likely mean he will have to relinquish his seven Tour de France titles, the 2000 Syndey Olympic bronze medal and cause a lifetime ban from participating, coaching or doing any work with any event or agency that is associated with the USADA. It could also cause numerous lawsuits for any revenues and endorsements gained from his successes in cycling.