Lance Armstrong Officially Stripped of Tour de France Titles, Banned for Life

Celebrity News Oct. 22, 2012 AT 10:30AM
Lance Armstrong rides during his Team Livestrong Challenge bike ride on October 15, 2011 in Dripping Springs, Texas. Lance Armstrong rides during his Team Livestrong Challenge bike ride on October 15, 2011 in Dripping Springs, Texas. Credit: Gary Miller/FilmMagic

It's official: Lance Armstrong has been stripped of all seven of his record-breaking Tour de France titles and has been banned for life from cycling, officials announced on Monday.

The news from UCI follows a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency which had accused Armstrong, 41, of leading a massive doping program on his teams.

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"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling," UCI President Pat McQuaid said at a news conference. "This is a landmark day for cycling."

Tour de France will now officially remove Armstrong's name from the record books for his wins from 1999 to 2005. (The revised records will have no official winners for those years.)

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The USADA report says that Armstrong and his teams used steroids, blood transfusions and other methods to bolster their competitive edge -- with 11 former teammates testifying against Armstrong, some claiming they were pressured into taking banned drugs.

Armstrong has yet to give a comment on the latest news; he ended his battle against the USADA in August.

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"At the moment Lance Armstrong hasn't admitted to anything, yet all the evidence is there in this report that he doped," McQuaid said.

Last week, Armstrong was dropped by sponsors Nike, Trek Bicycles and Anheuser-Busch, and he stepped down as chairman of cancer-awareness charity Livestrong, which he founded 15 years following his battle with testicular cancer.

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