Decorated cyclist Lance Armstrong made the shocking announcement late Thursday that he would not continue his fight against the doping charges issued by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
We’ve put together a cheat sheet with the details of the more than decade-long battle between Armstrong and the USADA.
- The USADA  alleged that Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs and was one of the ringleaders of systematic doping on his Tour-winning teams.
- Armstrong had a Thursday deadline to either go to arbitration or accept the USADA’s sanctions.
- He refused to do either, saying the “process is one-sided and unfair. And that there was “zero physical evidence.”
- Armstrong has taken around 300 separate drug tests and has never tested positive says his lawyer.
- Meanwhile, the USADA contends that they have 10 or more eyewitnesses who would testify that Armstrong  used banned substances to win the Tour.
- The USADA confirmed late Thursday that it would immediately move to strip Armstrong of all wins from August 1, 1998 on and issue a lifetime ban from future competitions.
- Armstrong’s lawyers have threatened a lawsuit if the USADA proceeded with its sanctions.
- They argue that the agency must resolve a dispute with the International Cycling Union (UCI) over whether the case should be pursued.
- The UCI  is waiting to hear the USADA's explanation as to why Armstrong should lose his seven Tour titles (an unprecedented win) before commenting on the case.
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