Monday, 22 October 2012

Lance Armstrong Stripped Of His Seven Tour De France Titles

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the sport's governing body, International Cycling Union (ICU). This was based on findings by the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) investigation into Armstrong. Usada released a 1,000-page report earlier this month which included sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team and the doping activities of its members.

In a state to the press, the president of the Union,Pat McQuaid said: 
"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling. He deserves to be forgotten." McQuaid added Armstrong had been stripped of all results since 1 August, 1998 and banned for life.
Armstrong, 41, received a life ban from Usada for what the organisation called "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen". The American, who overcame cancer to return to professional cycling, won the Tour de France in seven successive years from 1999 to 2005. He has always denied doping but chose not to fight the charges filed against him.

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