Lance Armstrong stripped of seven Tour de France titles

October 23, 2012

U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles Tuesday, from 1999 to 2005, by the International Cycling Union and banned for life for doping. The governing body’s president, Pat McQuaid, said, “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling.” The Tour winner for those years will remain blank. The move comes after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency two weeks ago detailed its evidence of drug use and trafficking by Armstrong and his Tour-winning teams, although he continues to maintain he never doped. The report, which included statements from 11 former teammates who testified against Armstrong, said he and his teams used steroids, the blood booster EPO and blood transfusions. The former teammates also said Armstrong pressured them to dope.

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