GENEVA (WKOW)-- Union Cycliste Internationale, cycling's governing body, has agreed to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him from life.
UCI President Pat McQuaid announced Monday that the federation accepted the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The decision makes way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong's name from the record books, erasing his consecutive wins from 1999-2005. Tour director, Christian Prudhomme says the race would go with whatever cycling's governing body decided, and will have no official winner for those years.
A report by USADA says Armstrong and his team used steroids, the blood booster EPO, and blood transfusions. The report included statements from 11 former teammates who testified against Armstrong. Armstrong denies doping, saying he passed hundreds of drug tests. But he chose not to fight USADA in one of the agency's arbitration hearings, saying the process was biased against him.
Longtime sponsors, Nike, Trek Bicycles, and Anheuser- Busch have all dropped him, as have other companies. He also stepped down last week as chairman of Livestrong, the cancer awareness charity he founded 15 years ago after surviving testicular cancer which spread to his lungs and brain.
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