Armstrong Stripped of Tour Titles
As UCI declines to appeal sanctions
Lance Armstrong lost his final hope of beating doping charges today when the International Cycling Union agreed to strip the American cyclist of his seven Tour de France victories. Speaking to a press conference, UCI President Pat McQuaid said he was “sickened” by the contents of USADA’s report, in which 26 witnesses testified that Armstrong was one of the main protagonists behind a long-running doping conspiracy on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team. “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” McQuaid said. While Armstrong announced in August that he would no longer fight the charges against him, UCI had the option of appealing USADA’s ruling to the Court for Arbitration of Sport. The group will now meet on Friday to decide whether to reassign Armstrong’s titles to other riders. Finding legitimate winners for the seven-time champion’s reign could be difficult: according to the USADA report, 20 out of the 21 podium finishers from the years Armstrong won the Tour de France have been directly tied to doping scandals.
Via USA Today