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Lance Armstrong Stripped

of Tour de France Wins

10/22/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1022_armstrongLance Armstrong is no longer a Tour de France winner -- after the International Cycling Union announced it will officially strip him of his seven titles amid allegations of doping.

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

McQuaid announced that the group accepted the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's massive report accusing Armstrong of direct involvement in what it called "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

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The International Cycling Union said they will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Armstrong has also been banned from cycling for life.

This final blow comes after Lance lost his endorsement deals with Nike, Giro Helmets, Trek Bicycles, FRS energy drink and Anheuser-Busch. He also stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong cancer-fighting charity.

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16.

lisalee    

shame

694 days ago
17.

lisalee    

wow so many young cyclist look up to this man wanted to be like him,he should defiantely be made to pay back every last cent he got i hope he hasnt spent it all

694 days ago
18.

all about the money    

Yea sure strip him of his Tour wins and give it to the next eligible rider that is clear of any doping or other disqualifying actions. I once heard someone saying that on one of his last wins if it went to the next eligible rider the win would have gone to the Eleventh place finisher. So obviously Lance wasn't the only one coloring outside the boundaries.

694 days ago
19.

lord flashheart    

Throw him into the pokey where he belongs.
He's a fraud and a bully.

694 days ago
20.

Kari    

Good news.

694 days ago
21.

jess2248    

All those people who deserted him can go straight to hell. The ICU got what they wanted from their witch hunt....to make themselves look real dumb. #teamlance

694 days ago
22.

Latch Johnson    

I can't wait to see what happens in the next five years in cycling. Lance put it on the map (least here in the Us) and considering they all dope, this sport is going to dry up fast amidst all the scandals and people turning from it.

694 days ago
23.

Sandra     

About time!! This lying cheat is getting what he deserves!!

694 days ago
24.

devilgirl    

Yes, everyone but Armstrong is a liar!? Give me a break. Not only did he dope, but he also tried to pay other cyclists to not challenge him on the tour, he also blacklisted certain companies from cycling magazines if he couldn't be endorsed by them because the cycling magazines treated him like a God. Some of you really need to watch the news more often, because these are facts. No one is jealous of Armstrong, they are just sick of him being excused for his corrupt behaviors.

694 days ago
25.

Miki    

At this point they should just revoke his birth certificate... wth.

Is any of Armstrong's team mate being prosecuted? How do they KNOW he doped?

694 days ago
26.

Bird    

I'm not saying that what Lance did wasn't wrong, but I think it's a damn shame that he's the only one taking the blame for all of this. I know for a fact that Lance Armstrong isn't the only cyclist to ever use steroids. Hell, there are players in every sport who use them. However, I haven't seen any other athlete as publicly shamed and persecuted for it as Armstrong has been. I feel for the guy. He did what probably a good majority of other cyclists did, and yet he's the only one getting screwed for it.

694 days ago
27.

Missbrandy35    

They can strip his titles from him but his loyal fans will never forget that he won them. I don't believe for one second that he took enhancers to win. He was tired of trying to convince people of his innocence. And the snitches that apparently saw him using where probably paid to say so!!

694 days ago
28.

Idiotsallofya    

Hey dumb f*cks. Its the UCI not the ICU... God I am so sick of TMZ... Yall are a joke now

694 days ago
29.

heygirl1    

This is nothing but a witch hunt. He really pee some one off. If he really did what they claim, someone would had to help him. Funny you don't see them going after those people.

694 days ago
30.

Clint Bradford    

So Lance and his intimates were smarter and more sophisticated than the medical community - who tested him more than 500 times without finding any banned substances? C'mon ...

694 days ago
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