So reports the NY Daily News:
'Lance Armstrong abandons fight against doping charges. Will be stripped of Tour de France titles and banned for life. Story to follow.'
I never tested positive despite being the most tested athlete in history. Although I am ending my formal fight against these charges because it is a baised forum that does not change what happened on the roads. I refuse to allow my children to see their father's name being drug through the mud. This is a witchhunt fueled by haters with a vendetta and I refuse to allow them to continue to waste taxpayer resources. I am going to continue the fight against Cancer, despite my detractors wishes...blah, blah, blah.
Wow. Next question, what will he say to the public?
Anybody without their head up their ass knew that a long time ago, but of course Lance is still claiming he is innocent and threatening to sue USADA if they say otherwise:
So now we know he's guilty for sure. About time. See you Lance. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.
USA Triathlon will recognize the ban. As an Olympic sport NGB they basically have no choice. The interesting question is whether World Triathlon Corporation (which owns and runs or licenses all the Ironman events) will continue their association with USAT and WADA. Since they are not an olympic sport they have more options.
So will the US Triathlon Federation, USATF, and whoever in US sanctions untras besides USATF abide by his "nolo contendere" plea, and ban him from their events?
This move saves face with his hobby-cyclist / jogger / triatlete base. They will view it as a witch hunt and show him the ultimate respect for saving himself and family all the "agony."
Final thought, what happens to Livestrong and sponsored events and facilities, like Livestrong Park for Sporting KC? Any business-person with a keen sense in sports will not want to be affiliated with a doper.
Brooklyn George wrote:
Epo, the blood doping drug used by cyclists, is intended for use by chemo therapy patients to increase red blood cell count. So obviously, Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor, should be given a little leniency here. Is is an unfair advantage or does it allow him to perform up to his natural abilities? I say the latter