24 Aug 2012

Cycling World in Shock..Armstrong gives up on being true blue. Cycling takes huge hit.

Lance Armstrong Today

Lance Armstrong on Thursday night local time dropped any further challenges to USADA's allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs to win cycling's premier event from 1999 to 2005.

Armstrong case a "heartbreaking" example of a win-at-all costs approach to sports.


Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter arbitration - 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 that he has passed as proof of his innocence.

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.

Others close to Armstrong were caught up in the charges: Johan Bruyneel, the coach of Armstrong's teams, and three members of the medical staff and a consultant were also charged.

Bruyneel is taking his case to arbitration, while two medical team staffers and consulting doctor Michele Ferrari didn't formally contest the charges and were issued lifetime ban by USADA. Ferrari later said he was innocent.
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