Usually news about cycling is met with a yawn, but when it involves Lance Armstrong, people pay attention. Unfortunately in this case, it isn’t good news. The 7-time Tour De France winner announced last night that he wouldn’t be fighting the charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs, which were brought against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Even though he isn’t fighting the charges, that doesn’t mean Armstrong isn’t admitting guilt. In a statement issued last night, 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,” Armstrong said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. He called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.”
“I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,” he said. “The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense.”
His titles have been stripped and Armstrong’s career has been ‘erased’ by the agency. What good that does no one knows but let the battle over Armstrong’s legacy begin.