UPDATE: 10:05 am EST
Tour de France director,Christian Prudhomme, says he no longer considers Lance Armstrong 7-time champion
The UCI brought the hammer down on Armstrong Monday, following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.
As reported by the Associated Press:
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.
“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” McQuaid said at a news conference. “This is a landmark day for cycling.”
The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong’s name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005.
USADA released a statement, saying that Armstrong orchestrated “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”
According to the USADA, Armstrong and his teams used steroids, the blood booster EPO and blood transfusions.
Armstrong denies doping, saying he passed hundreds of drug tests. But earlier this year, he gave up, choosing not to fight USADA’s allegations any longer.
Armstrong’s representatives had no immediate comment on the UCI decision.
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