American cycling star Lance Armstrong on Monday was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by the International Cycling Union (UCI) following a report from the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA).
UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA´s report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a decision that has left cycling facing its "greatest crisis".
The move also ends Armstrong´s last hope of clearing his name and clears the way for organisers to officially remove his name from the record books, erasing the American´s consecutive victories from 1999-2005.
"I was sickened by what I read in the USADA report...Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling. Lance Armstrong deserves to be forgotten in cycling," McQuaid told a news conference.
USADA said Armstrong should be banned and stripped of his Tour titles for "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen´´ within his US Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams.