According to USA Today, seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will not challenge the United States Anti-Doping Agency's latest allegations that he used PEDs while winning his record number of races. This has resulted, as of 11 PM on Thursday night, in Armstrong receiving a lifetime ban and being stripped of all seven of his titles. More on the story can be read here.Armstrong has released a statement on the matter, saying that this is not an admittance of guilt but rather a plea for people to let his hundreds of passed drug tests speak for themselves. The man has never failed any type of drug test in competition or out of it and says he has grown tired of defending himself against people he feels will not listen.
Maybe I am just stupid and naive, but I have always believed that Armstrong is innocent - because of his story, his message, and his demeanor. As I mentioned before, he has never failed a drug test and that seems to be damn near impossible to do unless you are innocent - considering the number of cyclists that have been stripped of their titles recently.
I guess we'll see.