Armstrong Stripped of 7 Tour de France Titles

Armstrong Stripped of 7 Tour de France Titles
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Monday, October 22, 2012 - 12:19pm

The International Cycling Union, or U.C.I., stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven straight Tour de France titles and banned him from the sport for life over a damning report from the U.S. Anti-Doping agency.

The report showed evidence that not only did Armstrong dope, he also pressured his teammates to do so.

The I.C.U. President announced this morning that the federation would not appeal the U.S. Anti-Doping agency's report on Lance Armstrong.

Tour de France organizers can now officially remove Armstrong's name from the record books, erasing his 7-consecutive wins from 1999-2005.

There will be no official Tour de France winners for those years.

The head of cycling's world governing body says it wasn't a difficult decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles.

Pat McQuaid, UCI President, said "To be honest with you, it wasn't a particularly difficult decision to make, I didn't make it alone, and I made it in conjunction with our legal department and our legal advisors. When I looked at the evidence in the file, I began by being shocked by what I was reading and as the more I read the more angry I got, and in the end of the day, the evidence was clear and the collaborating evidence that was there was clear, that there was really no other decision we could take."

The head of Belgium's cycling league welcomed U.C.I.'s decision.

Tom Van Damme, Belgian Cycling Chief, said "I think it's a logical decision. If you have seen the file of USADA, then it was the only possible conclusion and I applaud to the UCI for taking that decision."

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