Monday, October 22, 2012

CYCLING: UCI FINALLY STRIPS ARMSTRONG OF HIS SEVEN TOUR DE FRANCE TITLES


Disgraced cyclist, Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the sport's world governing body, the International Cycling Union ,accepted the findings of the United States Anti-Doping Agency's investigation.

UCI president Pat McQuaid, in a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, confirmed Armstrong had been stripped of all results since 1 August, 1998 and banned for life for doping.

Eleven former team-mates of Armstrong testified against him to USADA and received six-month bans each.

However, These suspensions were ratified by the UCI, which thanked the riders for giving evidence against Armstrong.

Armstrong refused to co-operate with USADA, who earlier this month published a 1,000-page report which concluded the former cycling legend and his United States Postal Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

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