Lance Armstrong is possibly breathing a sigh of relief today as Federal prosecutors have closed their 2.5 year criminal doping investigation into the seven-time Tour de France champion without filing any charges.
United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. announced in a press release that his office “is closing an investigation into allegations of federal criminal conduct by members and associates of a professional bicycle racing team owned in part by Lance Armstrong.”
The Associated Press is reporting that:
"The pronouncement comes after a pair of less-than-successful cases against top athletes accused of doping. Home run king Barry Bonds was found guilty of obstruction of justice and sentenced in December to 30 days’ home detention — a conviction he’s appealing — but prosecutors were unable to convince a jury he lied about using steroids. Roger Clemens’ steroid trial is slated for April 17 after a judge declared a mistrial last summer when prosecutors showed jurors inadmissible evidence"
Lance Armstrong has steadfastly maintained his innocents over the years saying that he has never tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Now that the possibility of criminal charges has been lifted, Armstrong's legacy as one of America's greatest (if not the greatest cylist of all time) is much more assured in the eyes of many fans.