Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Armstrong stripped of Tour de France titles

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life after the International Cycling Union said on Monday it had ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency's sanctions.

The decision was announced at a UCI news conference.

The USADA report, released last week, is a 1,000 page document which shows, the Agency says, that Armstrong took part in a doping scheme on his way to his unrivalled success on the Tour from 1999-2005.

The report accused Armstrong, as head of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team, of running "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

It included sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders, who described years of performance drug use.

If the UCI rules that USADA has failed to make a case, the sport's governing body will take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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