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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:58

Lance Armstrong stripped of all seven Tour de France wins by UCI

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the sport's governing body.


The International Cycling Union (UCI) has accepted the findings of the United States Anti-Doping agency's (Usada) investigation into Armstrong.

UCI president 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.

On what he called a "landmark day for cycling", the Irishman, who became president of UCI in 2005, said he would not be resigning.

"Cycling has a future. This is not the first time cycling has reached a crossroads or that it has had to begin anew," he said.

"When I took over [as president] in 2005 I made the fight against doping my priority. I acknowledged cycling had a culture of doping. Cycling has come a long way. I have no intention of resigning as president of the UCI," McQuaid said.


"I'm sorry that we couldn't catch every damn one of them red-handed and throw them out of the sport at the time."

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.


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.

Usada praised the "courage" shown by the riders in coming forward and breaking the sport's "code of silence".

Armstrong, who retired in 2005 but returned in 2009 before retiring for good two years later, has not commented on the details of Usada's report. His lawyer Tim Herman, however, has described it as a"one-sided hatchet job".

Source: BBC Sport


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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:12

So, where's the "it's just USADA, they don't have any power and it doesn't mean anything" choir now ?

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:15

Wow. The last I heard they said he was going to be allowed to keep his wins... I am glad to see that wasn't the case. Honestly, anyone that does this doesn't deserve to be able to keep their wins.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:21

I'm starting to think he doesn't even deserve the millions of dollars he got from cycling. . . . Hm.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:21

no, he won't keep his wins but no-one else will be re-allocated the wins, there will be no winners for those tour de france years as most of the people he beat also cheated.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:23

Wow. Don't even know what to say. He was an inspiration to so many and then you find out out's all a lie. :s

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:34

So, where's the "it's just USADA, they don't have any power and it doesn't mean anything" choir now ?


No, people were saying they don't have the power to strip Armstrong of his titles, the UCI does and until the USADA release all their evidence it means nothing.

They have, and Armstrong is a cheat on an astouding level and UCI have stripped him of his titles.

Now we have to see how if the UCI was in on it or just complacent. I think this story has a way to go yet.

This is a good read from someone who refused to take drugs in cycling. Good guy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ycling/19930514

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:39

Charisma, it's not all a lie. He still beat other people who "cheated". In my opinion, and I now this isn't shared by everyone, I think doping should become legal and call it a day. As a viewer that just wants to be entertained (and I stress that), I'd much rather watch people doing extraordinary feats.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:47

I can't believe how many of them followed along with him. It's a real disgrace to the sport.

It makes me wonder about Wiggins too - however, Contador (and Froome, it he goes to a different team) will make the Tour interesting to watch next year. I love staying up to view the mountain stages - the scenery is wonderful.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:49

Pretty harsh decision but fair

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:49

Justice has been served according to me.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:55

Good. Filthy cheater.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 12:55

Charisma, it's not all a lie. He still beat other people who "cheated". In my opinion, and I now this isn't shared by everyone, I think doping should become legal and call it a day.


By allowing doping you effectively make it impossible for anyone not doping to compete. If all you care about is entertainment then go watch Honey Boo Boo but I don't want to see international sport turned into a competition to see who can inject the most dangerous substances into their bodies without stroking out. If that's what you consider "entertainment" then that's very sad.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 13:03

How is it fair? they had a witch hunt, and he just gave up dealing with their bs any longer.

He's still a hero.

Or perhaps he knew they had him dead to rights and a long drawn out battle would not change the outcome but would do further damage to his public image and tank his LiveStrong foundation/endorsements? He certainly is quite the hero for proving he was the best doped to the gills guy of them all, his EPO was just a cut above the rest.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 13:11

Wow. Don't even know what to say. He was an inspiration to so many and then you find out out's all a lie. :s


Yeah now I'm questioning whether he actually landed on the moon or not.