Lance Armstrong officially stripped of Tour de France titles
It's been a difficult week for Lance Armstrong. After he announced that he was stepping down as the chairman of his Livestrong charity, Nike Inc., Anheuser-Busch and several other sponsors ended their contract with the seven-time Tour de France winner because of the "insurmountable evidence" that he was involved in a doping scandal. And now he's lost the titles that are his greatest claim to fame.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced Monday (Oct. 22) that it has determined Armstrong will be stripped of his Tour de France titles and banned for life from sanctioned Olympic sports. This news comes following the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency submitting a 200-page report on Oct. 10 that was full of evidence proving Armstrong was involved in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that [cycling] has ever seen."
''Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,'' UCI President Pat McQuaid said at a news conference, according to the Associated Press. ''This is a landmark day for cycling.''
That means Armstrong will no longer be considered the winner of the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005. Tour director Christian Prudhomme said that the race will have no official winners for those years.