Lance Armstrong ends battle against doping charges

  • Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong said on Friday he would no longer fight doping charges by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which is set to strip him of his titles and ban him from competitive cycling.

    Armstrong made the announcement in a written statement ahead of a midnight deadline on Thursday to formally challenge the claims against him.

    "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough'," the American cyclist said in the statement, which was posted on his website.

    "For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999."

    Shortly after, a spokeswoman for the USADA said the agency would strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him from the sport for life.