Cycling Body Officially Strips Armstrong's 7 Tour Wins

Cyclist banned for life, 'has no place' in sport: top official

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 22, 2012 6:57 AM CDT | Updated Oct 22, 2012 7:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – Following a recommendation by the US Anti-Doping Agency, the governing organization for cycling has withdrawn Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life. "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," says International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid. That leaves Tour de France officials to nominate new victors for the races from 1999 to 2005, if they so choose, CNN reports. "This is not the first time cycling has reached a crossroads and has had to begin anew," says McQuaid. "It will do so again with vigor."

This Feb. 15, 2011 file photo shows US cyclist Lance Armstrong during an interview in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Thao Nguyen)
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