Lance Armstrong, once considered the greatest cyclist of his era, perhaps all time, was stripped of his seven Tour De France victories and banned from the sport for life. He ended his fight with the USADA and Travis Tygart, recognizing that to fight on, would be detrimental to him and his family. In his years of competitive cycling he demonstrated that not only could a person survive cancer but thrive as well. He was and is, an inspiration to millions. In his very compelling statement, of which some cynics believe was highly calculated, he states “If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA’s process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and — once and for all — put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance. But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair. Regardless of what Travis Tygart says, there is zero physical evidence to support his outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of controls I have passed with flying colors. I made myself available around the clock and around the world. In-competition. Out of competition. Blood. Urine. Whatever they asked for I provided. What is the point of all this testing if, in the end, USADA will not stand by it”? That sums it up perfectly. An organization can`t break the very rules for testing it sets in place because it doesn`t like the results. Tygart seemed to have it in for Armstrong from the start. He convicted him in the media. Despite claims of overwhelming evidence, he has presented none of it. Until that time, Armstrong should have been presumed innocent until proven guilty. This is, afterall, America; or so I thought. It is a shame that such a great athlete, who has meant so much to so many chose to end his battle at this time. Some might actually say, he was such a great competitor, ending his fight implies guilt. That`s nonsense. Fighting an organization like the USADA is more exhausting than fighting physical pain. It wears you down slowly and completely. Armstrong has reached the point where he no longer cares. Ultimately, only he knows if he doped. But until the overwhelming evidence is provided, we should not be so quick to convict. Lance Armstrong deserves our benefit of the doubt.