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Lance Armstrong Stripped of 7 Tour de France Wins, Banned for Life: VIDEO

The hammer has come down on cyclist Lance Armstrong, the AP reports:

ArmstrongCycling's governing body agreed Monday to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life, following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.

UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong's name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005.

USADA said "Armstrong should be banned and stripped of his Tour titles for 'the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen'...

USADA recommends that Armstrong's titles not be handed to other riders because of the massive amount of doping going on at the time they were won.

Armstrong spoke at  his Livestrong foundation's fundraising bike ride in Austin on Saturday in his first public appearing since the doping scandal began. He called it a "difficult few weeks."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lance Armstrong No Longer Fighting Doping Charges

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Though he still calls the US Anti-Doping Agency's investigation into his career an "unconstitutional witch hunt," cyclist Lance Armstrong said he will no longer challenge charges that he took performance-enhancing drugs to become the world's most famous biker.

From the New York Times:

[Armstrong] continued to deny ever doping, calling the antidoping agency’s case against him “an unconstitutional witch hunt” and saying the process it followed to deal with his matter was “one-sided and unfair.”

“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough,’ ” Armstrong said in a statement. “For me, that time is now.”

Armstrong, who turns 41 next month, said he would not contest the charges because it had taken too much of a toll on his family and his work for his cancer foundation, saying he was “finished with this nonsense.”

Armstrong’s decision, according to the World Anti-Doping Code, means he will be stripped of his seven Tour titles, the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympics and all other titles, awards and money he won from August 1998 forward.

Nor can he compete professionally, coach new bikers or have anything to do with Olympics, other than to attend as a spectator.


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Jake Gyllenhaal Lives Strong

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Nothing attracts a crowd like Gyllenhaal in spandex. These shots from the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Ride for the Roses bike-a-thon in Texas in mid-October recently surfaced. Even if Jake's not playing Lance in a movie, he's still down for the cause. One more shot after the jump...

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Lance Armstrong on Matthew McConaughey: We're Not Gay.

Details_lanceLance Armstrong clears the air on a few rumors in the new issue of Details, according to TMZ.

Armstrong insists that (despite the spandex, bike training, and the Tour de France buddy vacation) Jake Gyllenhaal will not be playing him in a new biopic.

Armstrong also talks about his close relationship with Matthew McConaughey, with whom he started to bond, the Tour de France champ says, when their relationships went sour: "Our friendship just kind of developed. I think people see pictures and they think we're these over-grown frat guys."

Rumors of something more between the two were also defused: "Lance says that the BFFs call each other 'LiveStrong' and 'J.K. Livin,' and when asked whether they're gay, he jokes: 'We tried it. Wasn't for us.'"

Below, Lance and Jake Gyllenhaal share a whisper at the Americans for the Arts event where Gyllenhaal received an award over the weekend.

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