Armstrong not looking for pity

Lance Armstrong grimaces during the 2010 Tour de France. He has said that he is finished fighting charges from the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs
Lance Armstrong grimaces during the 2010 Tour de France. He has said that he is finished fighting charges from the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs
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LANCE Armstrong says he is not looking for sympathy after the US Anti-Doping Agency stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles.

USADA gave Armstrong a lifetime ban after the Texan said he would no longer be contesting the doping charges levelled against him.

The organisation say they have over a dozen witnesses, up to 10 of whom are believed to be former team-mates, who agreed to testify and give evidence that the Texan used performance-enhancing drugs and encouraged others to do so.

Armstrong maintains he is innocent of any doping charge.

Speaking in Aspen, Colorado, where he finished second in a 36-mile mountain bike race behind 16-year-old rider Keegan Swirbul, Armstrong, who has never failed a drugs test was in no mood for self-pity.

“Nobody needs to cry for me, I’m going to be great,” he told reporters.

“I have five great kids and a wonderful lady in my life. My foundation is unaffected by all the noise out there.

“I think people understand that we’ve got a lot of stuff to do going forward. That’s what I’m focused on and I think people are supportive of that. It’s great to be out here.”

The International Cycling Union have said that they will not give any further comment until viewing USADA’s evidence.