WASHINGTON — Lance Armstrong said he would no longer contest doping charges filed by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), putting him at risk of losing his record seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong on Thursday called the process against him unfair and weighted against him and said he would instead devote himself to his family and cancer foundation.
“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,” the cancer survivor said.
“If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA’s process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and once and for all put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance,” he said. “But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair.”
Doping charges have dogged the 40-year-old Texan throughout his cycling career but he has never tested positive for banned substances.