Brand & Martínez for August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong stripped of seven Tour de France titles

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance A

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Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong attends a press conference in Los Angeles on February 28, 2011 to annunce he will serve as co-chair for the campaign seeking to raise more than 600 million USD annually for cancer research in California. Armstrong announced his retirement from professional cycling at the age of 39 on February 16.

Lance Armstrong has officially been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Last night he surrendered to doping charges, saying "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now."

The charges brought against Armstrong by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, include that he doped and that he lead systematic doping on his Tour de France teams.

When Armstrong decided to stop fighting the charges, the USADA considered that an admission of guilt. So, as a result, he has been stripped of all of his Tour de France wins from 1999, forward. He could possibly also be stripped of all of his other cycling wins from 1998, forward.

Armstrong has also been banned from competing in any competition which adheres to World Anti-Doping Code, which includes most professional level events in many sports.

However, Armstrong continues to deny the accusations and claim innocence, "Regardless of what Travis Tygart [chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency] says, there is zero physical evidence to support his outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of controls I have passed with flying colors."

Madeleine Brand talks to NPR's Mike Pesca about the details of the case and how will likely play out for Armstrong.


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