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USADA Bringing Doping Charges on Lance Armstrong

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7-time Tour de France winner may face lifetime ban from sport.

USADA Bringing Doping Charges on Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong is facing possible doping charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. If it is founded that Armstrong did in fact use performance enhancing drugs through any portion of his cycling career, he could ultimately be banned from the sport for the rest of his life. Armstrong won an unprecedented seven consecutive Tour de France's between 1999 and 2005. No other cyclist has even won 7 Tour de France's in their career.

If found guilty, this will extremely diminish the accomplishments made by Armstrong and he will forever be looked at as a cheater in the sport of cycling, just like fellow American cyclist Floyd Landis. Although Landis was caught using performance enhancing drugs and stripped of his Tour de France victory, Armstrong getting seven straight wins taken away from him will be devastating for the ones who had idolized the Hall of Fame cyclist throughout his illustrious career. But if they have yet to get Armstrong, what makes them so sure they can get him now?

The USADA also mentioned that Armstrong's team manager Johan Bruyneel, team doctors Pedro Celaya and Luis Garcia del Morel, as well as team trainer Pepe Martin, and consulting doctor Michele Ferrari will have charges brought against them.

Armstrong continues to maintain his innocence saying in a recent statement, "I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one." Lance Armstrong has a week to respond to the charges and may face a trial in regards to these accusations in the weeks ahead. Armstrong is currently in France training for a triathlon.

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