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September 26, 2020

Cycling: Armstrong quitting for good

Lance Armstrong has confirmed his retirement – this time for good – six years after winning the last of his seven Tour de France titles. His retirement ends a comeback effort that failed to produce an eighth title or diminish talk that performance-enhancing drugs assisted his rise to the top, skysports.com comments.
The 39-year-old Texan returned to competitive action in 2009 following a three-year hiatus – partly in a bid to resurrect his career, and partly to take his global fight against cancer – from which he suffered in 1998 – to a new level.

But two more tilts at Le Tour garnered only a third place behind then-team-mate Alberto Contador, before a troubled race last year saw him finish 23rd.

“Today, I am announcing my retirement from professional cycling in order to devote myself full-time to my family, to the fight against cancer and to leading the foundation I established before I won my first Tour de France,” he said in a statement. “I can’t say I have any regrets. It’s been an excellent ride. I really thought I was going to win another tour. Then I lined up like everybody else and wound up third. I have no regrets about last year, either. The crashes, the problems with the bike – those were things that were beyond my control.” Armstrong became one of the most controversial figures in the evolving battle against doping in sports. He claims to be the most-tested athlete on the planet during his career. Armstrong came back clean every time, and vehemently denies ever using performance-enhancing drugs. Even so, he remains shadowed by a federal investigation into the sport launched last year following accusations by former team-mate and disgraced 2006 Tour champion Floyd Landis, that Armstrong used drugs and taught other riders how to beat testing.

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