Skip to comments.Lance Armstrong's Tour titles stripped, says UCI
Posted on 10/22/2012 7:23:47 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
GENEVA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life on Monday after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) sanctions against the American.
The long-awaited decision has left cycling facing its "greatest crisis" according to UCI president Pat McQuaid and has destroyed Armstrong's last hope of clearing his name.
"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling. Lance Armstrong deserves to be forgotten in cycling," McQuaid told a news conference as he outlined how cycling, long battered by doping problems for decades, would have to start all over again.
"The UCI wishes to begin that journey on that path forward today by confirming that it will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and that it will recognise the sanction that USADA has imposed.
"I was sickened by what I read in the USADA report."
On Oct. 10, USADA published a report into Armstrong which alleged the now-retired rider had been involved in the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen".
Armstrong, 41, had previously elected not to contest USADA charges, prompting USADA to propose his punishment pending confirmation from cycling's world governing body.
Former Armstrong team mates at his U.S. Postal and Discovery Channel outfits, where he won his seven successive Tour titles from 1999 to 2005, testified against him and themselves and were given reduced bans by the American authorities.
"It wasn't until the intervention of federal agents...they called these riders in and they put down a gun and badge on the table in front of them and said 'you're now facing a grand jury you must tell the truth' that those riders broke down," McQuaid added.
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What a silly corrupt sport bicycle racing has been revealed to be.
May all the cyclists who testified against him rot in hell. The guy worked every day of his life to win these races.
So who is the winner of those races then? The other guys also have been busted for doping.
Yep. Armstrong passed all the tests he took at the time. That should be good enough.
Saw one of his biggest fans today post that they were simply not accepting this decision and still consider Lance to have won the seven races.
So did some of his teammates who admitted doping.
Will all the money that Lance help raise for cancer research have to be returned to the donors now? /s
I could never stand Lance Armstrong. He is a huge liberal. I always thought he was overrated.
He passed the tests. And that makes them liars.
Armstrong supporters could give Obamabots a run for their money in the Kool-Aide drinking department.
So who is the winner of those races then?
Other issues such as the potential re-awarding of Armstrong’s Tour titles and the matter of prize money will be discussed by the UCI Management Committee on Friday.
Tour director Christian Prudhomme has said he believes no rider should inherit the titles given doping was so widespread among the peloton at the time but McQuaid made it clear the decision rested with his organisation, not the Tour.
The UCI also said it had dope tested Armstrong 218 times and the fact he never tested positive and “beat the system” means that other organisations such as the World Anti-Doping Agency should share the responsibility of accepting the results.
Ha, LA is an innovator pushing the technological envelope.
Bike arcing needs to have enforceable rules as their events occur, not 10 years later. It's a joke as a "professional" sport.
Ha, LA is an innovator pushing the technological envelope.
Bike racing needs to have enforceable rules as their events occur, not 10 years later. It's long been a joke as a "professional" sport.
“So who is the winner of those races then? The other guys also have been busted for doping.”
Nobody is a winner. I don’t think anyone will be attracted to the sport for some time.
Let’s for the sake of argument say that Armstrong was a walking pharmasy the whole time he was winning bike races.
The people who run the sport knew as much about him then as they know now. Why didn’t they ban him then?
Because he was popular and he brought attention and money to their business. It was in their interest to let it slide. Now they judege it’s in their interest to look like heros and “clean” the sport up.
Trash sport run by trash.
...apparently Mr Armstrong was so concentrated on his work, that he forgot "diplomacy". Maybe he refused to render kickbacks.
Whatever it was, he clearly annoyed some of the "officials" in this organization.
Lance Armstrong has enhance more lives and saved more lives than all of the "officals" in the UCI and USADA combined.
....I'll go with Lance...these other people can go to hell.
“Lets for the sake of argument say that Armstrong was a walking pharmasy the whole time he was winning bike races.”
It’s not just that he doped but apparently he told other players that if they didn’t dope themselves, they wouldn’t be in the team.
They could go after Barry Bonds if they wanted to and I don’t think too many people would shed tears.
It was not enough that his teammates give maximum effort on the bike, he also required that they adhere to the doping program outlined for them or be replaced, the antidoping agency said in its report. He was not just a part of the doping culture on his team, he enforced and reinforced it.
He supported G.W. Bush. That’s all you need to know.
Eh, they were all cheating. He remains the champion.
In other news, Jesse Owens has been found to have been doping based on the testimony of several German Olympic officials (hiding in South America for some reason) and certain of Mr. Owens teammates who were questioned at gunpoint. As a result, Owens will be stripped of his gold medals and the relatives of some other person who finished second and has been forgotten will get to meet with Hitler, and shake his hand, pending the invention of the time machine.
When asked for comment the USOC, WADA and the USADA expressed outrage that such a historical and diabolical scheme could have been perpetrated in the pure setting of the Berlin Olympics. “One could say,” said Dick Hurtz of the USADA, “this may have perpetrated a war and caused that entire Holocaust thingy.”
I read one story where the cyclists called the tests ‘IQ Tests’ because the only way one could normally get caught after doping was if you were dumb.
And he set out to DESTROY people who told the truth.
His own multi-millionaire status and that of conglomerate powerhouse Nike were used against people who told the truth.
He used his charity as a buffer.
Nice. So pray tell: why the Gestapo-style tactics? Why was there a Federal investigation? What charges are alleged? Was this all simply to "get" Lance Armstrong, or is anyone actually going to charge him with a crime? If not, then please explain all this to me, for this is bizarre.
In the challenge for success and peak physical performance it is a fine line to determine what is the best method of training and nutrition and when or where performance enhancing becomes bad.
Are long training rides bad ...hill repeats, weight training? What about carb loading, deep muscle massage, power bars, goo and electrolyte additives?
Since there's no statute of limitations and no rules of constraint, it might be time to hook up the lie detectors on Merkx, Hinault, LeMond, Indurain, Riis, Ulrich and the rest. Maybe it's time to rewrite all the record books while we're at it. I'll concede there is an element of justice at play here, but this has gone to the point of ridiculousness in my view.
Then comes the issue of whether an athlete can be a jerk.
Totally agree, Bay!
I guess if the powers that be in the sport were serious about stopping doping, they would have invested in better tests, but they were apparently not that serious about it.
Think what will happen to Colorado’s economy when they ban high altitude training.
“He supported G.W. Bush. Thats all you need to know.”
If that was an issue then every liberal news article would read “Lance Armstrong, a life-long Republican and Bush supporter...”
Ok, but here is the question?
Why did they let this go for seven years? or is this just going along with the us kangaroo comission?
I take it you haven’t had a chance to read The Secret Race?
“The guy worked every day of his life to win these races.”
Apparently he also cheated.
If one has the time, brians and money they can get around anything.
“Lance Armstrong has enhance more lives and saved more lives than all of the “officals” in the UCI and USADA combined.”
Justice or empathy? A ‘wise latina’ may agree with you but in my book, a cheater is still a cheater.
Prove it. Forensics contradicts this version of reality.
How in the world could have he passed the "drug" tests and have been cheating?.....other than the "tests" themselves were rigged?....in which case, there are a lot of other people involved.
They keep talking about ‘evidence’. I have seen no ‘evidence’, only the testimony of hostile witnesses.....................
What a crappy to thing to say....says more about you than him!
No -- because none of it ever goes to cancer research.
So, how many years after an event is it OK to go back and harass somebody over it in your view? It has been well over a decade since he won his first tour. My view is that if he passed all existing tests administered at that time he should be left alone. I do recall Armstrong being extensively tested at the time. This whole affair seems like sour grapes to me and an effort to tear down an inspiration to millions for no real reason. It certainly does not make cycling look honest and above board to me.
re: He passed the tests. And that makes them liars.
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What a silly statement. He passed the tests because he developed the most sophisticated system of cheating that would not be detected. Those who testified were under oath. They finally told the truth.
The RATS are good at vote fraud. Perhaps they will also some day get caught. When people testify about those doing it, will they be called liars?
If this logic is followed, then ought not Obama to be immediately stripped of his title as President and removed from office because of his very public marijuana smoking and possible cocaine use?