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Lance Armstrong Ends Fight Against USADA, Will Be Stripped Of 7 Tour de France Titles

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Legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong has decided to give up his fight against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency who levied charges against him back in June. Armstrong has always denied that he took any performance enhancing drugs, or took part in any cover up of taking any illegal substance.

On Thursday night, Armstrong announced that he has officially given up his fight against USADA:

"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.

"I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. 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."

With Armstrong giving up his fight against the doping claims, USADA has officially stripped him of all seven of his Tour de France titles Armstrong won from 1999-2005 and banned him for life from cycling.

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