BOURGOIN-JALLIEU, FRANCE - FILE: Lance Armstrong of the USA and Astana waits at the start of stage 19 of the 2009 Tour de France from Bourgoin-Jallieu to Aubenas on July 24, 2009 in Aubenas, France. According to reports on February 3, 2012 Armstrong will not be charged with allegedly using performance enhancing drugs and his criminal investigation is being closed by Federal prosecutors. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Cycling legend Lance Armstrong's suit against the USADA was dismissed from court on Monday afternoon.
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was shut down in a federal court on Monday afternoon, after a district judge threw out the cyclist's lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency involving his use performance-enhancing drugs.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled that the USADA's investigation into Armstrong's past did not create 'irreparable harm' for the cyclist, and therefore does not violate his due process rights. Now forced to decide by Thursday if he will accept the ruling or instead opt to enter arbitration, Armstrong is clearly losing ground in his last-ditch quest to save his reputation.
If he accepts the ruling by the USADA's Thursday-imposed deadline, Armstrong will clearly be banned from the sport for life, as well as stripped of his seven Tour de France championships. Although he was once on the record as saying that the arbitration process was "rigged", it appears the cycling legend may be forced to go that very route if he wants to save face.
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