World renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong is facing his professional life’s biggest ordeal - the loss of seven Tour de France titles and his championship legacy after ending his fight against charges of illegal doping.
Armstrong's lack of grit has caused the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to slap a lifetime ban on the athlete and strip him of his wins dating to 1998.
Question remains whether the organization has the authority to take such an action or not.
"If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA's process I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and -- once and for all -- put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance," Armstrong said in a statement.
"I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair." The World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Cycling Union will review the USADA's findings, with one or both agencies then given the option to appeal the case before Armstrong can be banned or stripped of titles.
Armstrong has time and again denied U.S. Anti-Doping Agency allegations that he took steroids throughout his career. The International Cycling Union, however, has opposed the USADA actions by claiming it has jurisdiction and is the true arbiter in this case.