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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