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The American cyclist Lance Armstrong has said he decided not to contest USADA's decision to strip him of his Tour De France titles and impose a lifetime ban for his own "mental health" and for his family.
In an interview with Newsweek, to be published next week, he said: "I am more at ease and at peace than I have been in 10 years".
Lance Armstrong said "nobody needs to cry for me" after the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) wiped his seven Tour de France titles from the record books and imposed a lifetime ban from professional cycling.
Speaking after finishing a 36 mile mountain bike race, Armstrong said: "I'm more at ease now than I have been in 10 years".
Armstrong recently announced he would no longer challenge the USADA's allegations against him but the cyclist again denied that he took banned substances in his career.
Former British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards has tweeted:
The Lance Armstrong Foundation says that donations have risen sharply, but the organization faces longterm questions about its future now that its founder has been stripped of a record seven Tour de France titles.
Chief Executive Doug Ulman said: "It's people offering to help in any way they can, people committing to additional donations, people saying, 'I'm going to go buy a Livestrong shirt to show my support,'"
"So the mood is actually pretty positive."
Retired Spanish cyclist Fernando Escartin expressed shock at Lance Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France wins.
The cyclist, who came third in the 1999 Tour de France race, told Reuters: "For me, Lance Armstrong remains the 1999 Tour winner, second Zulle and third, me.
"It's 13 years now since this all happened. It seems completely illogical and unreal. I don't want to even think about it."
The Lance Armstrong Foundation said that donations were up 30 per cent over Thursday as fans of the cancer-fighting nonprofit pledged support for its founder after the cycling champion was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
Chief executive Doug Ulman said that the foundation, Livestrong, has received an outpouring of support, including from cancer survivors who recalled the help it gave them when they were diagnosed.
"It's been overwhelming," Ulman said in an interview at the foundation's Austin, Texas, headquarters. "The number of emails, the number of calls, the number of messages have been just really humbling."
Alberto Contador, who edged Lance Armstrong for his second Tour de France title in the first year of his comeback in 2009 and has battled his own doping charges, joined former Armstrong coach Johan Bruyneel in offering support after the American was stripped of his seven Tour titles.
Former rival Filippo Simeoni said he was surprised Armstrong had thrown in the towel.
In a statement, USADA said:
The US Anti-Doping Agency has stripped Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles, erasing one of the most incredible achievements in sports after deciding he had used performance-enhancing drugs to do it.
Armstrong, who retired a year ago, was also hit with a lifetime ban from cycling.
One of Lance Armstrong's sponsors, Nike, has said it would stand by the seven-time Tour de France winner after his decision to stop fighting doping allegations today. A Nike spokesman said:
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The American has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling after opting to no longer fight doping charges.