Lance Armstrong to be stripped of titles and banned for life after giving up fight against doping charges

Cycling champion has given up fighting allegations of doping

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will no longer fight allegations of doping by the US anti-doping agency (USADA).

In a statement, released today, he maintains his innocence but says he is weary of continuing to fight the charges.

The USADA has said it will ban Armstrong from cycling for life and strip him of his seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong, who retired from cycling in 2005, says ‘I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair’ and failed in an attempt to block the charges in a federal court earlier this week.

The USADA allege he used banned substances in his career since 1996.

Armstrong, who survived testicular cancer, says he will be focusing on the work with his cancer charity Livestrong.

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