23 Oct 2012

Armstrong stripped of Tour wins

11:06 am on 23 October 2012

The governing body of world cycling has stripped American rider Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life for doping.

The UCI has accepted the findings of an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

UCI president Pat McQuaid said in Geneva on Monday that Armstrong had no place in cycling and deserved to be forgotten.

Armstrong, 41, has been stripped of all results since 1 August, 1998 and banned for life for doping.

He won the Tour de France in seven successive years from 1999 to 2005. He has always denied doping but chose not to fight the charges.

Velo journal editor Brian Holcombe said the matter will not end with the case against Armstrong.

He said other members of his team have been banned or are facing hearings and a major investigation is underway in Italy as well.

As a result of the UCI decision, SCA Promotions of Dallas is demanding the return of $US9 million in bonuses paid to Armstrong.