Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong faces being stripped of his titles after revealing that he will not contest charges from the united states anti-doping agency (USADA).
In a statement, the forty years old american maintains he is innocent, but says he is weary of the "nonsense" accusations.
USDA says it will ban Armstrong from cycling for life and strip him of his seven Tour de France titles with USADA chief executive Travis T. Tygar maintaining that the Texan will face the same proceedings as any other athlete charged with doping offences and President of the World Anti-Doping Agency John Fahey saying that Armstrong's decision not to contest doping charges against him was an admission that the allegations 'had substance in them.'
USDA alleges he used banned substances as far back as 1996, including the Blood-booster Erythropoietin (EP), steroid and blood transfusions.
Armstrong retired from cycling in 2005 after the last of his seven successive tour de france titles, although he returned to the sport between 2009 and 2012 as part of the astana and then radioshack teams.