Lance Armstrong; from Legend to Lowlife

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Lance Armstrong: Legend or Lowlife From legend to lowlife, and from an athlete who inspired millions to nothing but a sham. Lance Armstrong was arguably the best and most inspiring cyclist of all time however alleged drug use has destroyed his career. A winner of seven straight “Tour de Frances” and a fundamental part to the “Lance Armstrong foundation” now has nothing left when it comes to cycling. His 7 titles have been stripped of him by the International Cycling Union and he has given up the fight against the U.S. Anti Doping Agency who claims that he allegedly was an active user of illegal substances. This has lead to rumors and various sponsors of his; such as Nike, Anheuser-Busch, and Trek Bicycle Corp. to drop him as an endorser of their products. He now has lost his career, millions of dollars, and many of his fans, but it’s only going to get worse. He is already battling numerous lawsuits, so the road ahead for Armstrong seems bumpier than ever. Substance Abuse To begin, his career which was as inspiring as they get has lost its appeal. An athlete who battles cancer, and comes back to win 7 consecutive “Tour de Frances” isn’t as special if in fact he was on illegal substances that enhance performance. He is accused of doping. USADA accuses him of abusing drugs like Erythropoietin (EPO), Testosterone, Human Growth Hormone, Corticosteroids, while also having blood transfusions (blood doping) and Saline and plasma infusions. Erythropoietin is a drug that is often used by athletes in order to increase the number of red blood cells in his/her circulatory system. It is thought that he used Recombinant Erythropoietin which is a man-made version of natural Erythropoietin. “It is produced by cloning the gene for Erythropoietin...These drugs are given by injection and work by stimulating the production of more red blood cells. These cells are then
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