London, Jan 14 (ANI): Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong had turned down an offer to keep five of his seven Tour de France titles after US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) offered him this deal in return to his admission of taking banned drugs and also help them by giving information about other cyclists, who took drugs, according to reports.
However, Armstrong, who had won the coveted Tour de France titles every year between 1999 and 2005, denied that he ever used banned drugs, and let down the USADA chiefs, who would have only stripped him of his 2004 and 2005 titles and banned him only for a short while, the Daily Mirror reports.
USADA chief executive Travis Tygart claimed Armstrong denying their offer was one of the most embittered days during their investigation against doping, adding they were really disappointed by the American’s snub.
Eleven of Armstrong’s former team-mates, who were also accused of his doping, had accepted the USADA probe findings and were banned for just six months.
Armstrong, may, however, admit to doping in Oprah Winfrey’s no-holds-barred chat show, according to reports emerging in the US. (ANI)