Lance Armstrong banned, stripped of titles

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 03:07 hrs

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.

The USADA report said Armstrong and his teams used steroids, the blood booster EPO and blood transfusions. The report included statements from 11 former teammates who testified against Armstrong.

Even though he denies doping, saying he passed hundreds of drug tests, Armstrong has chosen not to fight USADA in one of the agency´s arbitration hearings, arguing the process was biased against him.

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