Lance Armstrong of the USA and Team Radioshack in action during the 8.9km Prologue for the 97th Tour de France on July 3, 2010 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Here is the statement issued by the International Cycling Union over Lance Armstrong’s decision to end his fight against doping charges and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s call to strip Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles:
"The UCI notes Lance Armstrong's decision not to proceed to arbitration in the case that USADA has brought against him.
The UCI recognizes that USADA is reported as saying that it will strip Mr. Armstrong of all results from 1998 onwards in addition to imposing a lifetime ban from participating in any sport which recognizes the World Anti-Doping Code.
Article 8.3 of the WADC states that where no hearing occurs the Anti-Doping Organization with results management responsibility shall submit to the parties concerned (Mr. Armstrong, WADA and UCI) a reasoned decision explaining the action taken.
As USADA has claimed jurisdiction in the case the UCI expects that it will issue a reasoned decision in accordance with Article 8.3 of the Code.
Until such time as USADA delivers this decision the UCI has no further comment to make."