A big victory for… well, I don’t know:
Famed cyclist Lance Armstrong faces the prospect of losing seven Tour de France titles and his fabled championship legacy after he ended his fight against charges of illegal doping.
Armstrong, who has consistently denied allegations of illegal doping, made his announcement to stop battling the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s “one-sided and unfair process” move against him after losing a legal bid Monday to stop the probe.
The cyclist’s decision prompted the anti-doping agency to say it will slap a lifetime ban on Armstrong and strip him of his wins since 1998 after deciding not to contest the charges.
I’m sure others of you have followed this more closely than I have, which hasn’t been very closely at all. Basically, every time I’ve heard a story my gut reaction has been “They’re still screwing with him this many years later?” Again, I may be completely and totally in the wrong here, but my gut instinct is that most people are goingto see this as little more than a personal vendetta and witch hunt, and any penalties they impose will likely hurt the USADA’s credibility more than Armstrong’s.