Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life following his decision to no longer fight doping charges against him.
Armstrong earlier announced he was "finished with this nonsense", saying there comes a point in every man's life when "enough is enough".
The US Anti-Doping Agency responded by confirming Armstrong would lose his Tour de France titles, thus erasing one of the most incredible achievements in sports after deciding he had used performance-enhancing drugs to do it.
The American maintains his innocence after always denying drug claims during his career. He has also never failed a test.
But USADA chief executive Travis T Tygart says Armstrong must face the same proceedings as any other athlete charged with doping offences. He called the cyclist's decision not to fight the charges "heartbreaking".
- Armstrong, who was charged in June, sought a temporary restraining order against the agency's legal action
- But that was dismissed in a federal court in Austin, Texas on Monday
This is part of Armstrong's 871-word statement: