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UCI backs stripping Lance Armstrong of Tour de France wins

The decision by the International Cycling Union to not challenge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's sanctions came after Armstrong himself declined to go to arbitration to fight the doping case

October 22. 2012 - The Lance Armstrong doping case finally appears to be over.

His seven titles in the Tour de France will be stripped and vacated.

The famed cyclist also will be banned for life in sanctioned Olympic sports.

Case closed.

After receiving the massive evidence file compiled against Armstrong on Oct. 10, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced Monday that it would not appeal the sanctions imposed upon the cyclist in August by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

By rule, UCI had the right to appeal those sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, even though Armstrong himself had declined to go to arbitration to fight the charges. But on Monday, UCI said it was declining to do so -- a decision that is likely the final official word on the subject after years of accusations and investigations.

"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling," UCI president Pat McQuaid said at a press conference.

The World Anti-Doping Agency also holds the right to appeal the sanctions but that is not expected as WADA has been a staunch supporter of USADA's actions to date.

The Tour de France is a sanctioned event of UCI, the sport's international governing body, meaning it is now bound by rule to strip Armstrong's seven titles from 1999 to 2005. Tour officials previously said they would do so barring an appeal by UCI, but also said no replacement winner will be named for those years.

One likely reason? Doping was so rampant throughout the Armstrong era that most of the other top finishers also have been implicated or confessed to doping.

UCI's decision is not surprising, given the scope of the evidence in the USADA case file, but the news still marks another blow for Armstrong, whose last realistic shot at keeping his titles was an appeal fought by a group he has maintained close ties to over the years. Indeed, in his unsuccessful efforts in federal court to challenge USADA''s jurisdiction, Armstrong argued that it was UCI that had the authority to review the evidence against him.

USADA and UCI also have not seen eye-to-eye on the Armstrong case. UCI previously has been critical of USADA's actions, questioning the fairness of its process -- repeating an argument Armstrong has made relentlessly -- and even trying to take over the investigation at one point.

USADA said in July that such a take-over would be like "the fox guarding the hen house."

In a testy exchange of letters last summer, USADA noted UCI's history of lax oversight when it was in charge of anti-doping enforcement, an era now viewed as dominated by doping. USADA also accused UCI of being overly friendly with Armstrong, pointing out that the cyclist previously had given donations to UCI of as much as $200,000.

Included in the evidence file is the sworn statement of former cycling teammate Tyler Hamilton, who testified that Armstrong tested positive for EPO at the 2001 Tour of Switzerland but that Armstrong told him he was going to have a meeting with UCI "and everything was going to be OK" -- an alleged cover-up that the UCI has denied.

In the end, UCI couldn't ignore the amount of evidence, especially the 26 witnesses who told investigators that Armstrong was a leader and key figure in a long-running team doping conspiracy. On Oct. 10, USADA released more than a 1,000 pages of details that told how Armstrong and his teammates used banned drugs and blood transfusions to boost performance while also using sophisticated means to avoid testing positive.

"I was sickened by what I read in the USADA report," McQuaid said, noting the testimony of Dave Zabriskie's account of how Armstrong's team manager Johan Bruyneel convinced him to cheat.

''The story he told of how he was coerced and to some extent forced into doping is just mind boggling.''

Bruyneel has also been charged by the USADA and is awaiting a hearing that is expected to take place later this year.

McQuaid pledged that UCI would use the report to help further clean up the sport that has been mired in doping scandals that includes Armstrong and former teammates Floyd Landis and Alberto Contador being stripping of Tour de France titles in the past 14 years of the race.

"It's the biggest crisis cycling has ever faced," McQuaid.

The evidence persuaded almost all of Armstrong's sponsors to terminate their relationship with him, including Nike and Trek, which made the bikes Armstrong rode to his seven Tour victories. One holdout sponsor, sunglasses company Oakley, said last week it was awaiting UCI's decision before determining if it would continue its sponsorship of Armstrong.

Armstrong also announced Wednesday he would step down as chairman of Livestrong, the cancer-fighting charity he founded, but said he would remain active in the group and appear at its events.

He did that over the weekend at Livestrong's 15th anniversary celebration in his hometown of Austin, Texas, but Armstrong avoided discussing the USADA evidence and loss of his sponsors.

Instead, he encouraged attendees to keep up their work in support of Livestrong and allowed that, for him, it had been a "difficult couple of weeks."

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Am I reading this wrong or what? From the little investigation I've done into these "charges", it looks to me like those responsible for bringing all this up again against Lance Armstrong basically are railroading him with unfair charges that he can have no possible defence against...

From what I understand, he never tested positive for drugs (with a valid testing procedure) at any time during any of the Tour de France races.... but all of a sudden, years later, they come up with a sample of his blood that was "kept secure" by French officials... and now years later they bring that sample out and re-test it, and now discover that it tested positive for drugs?

Who's to say that someone didn't tamper with the blood sample during the years and years it was kept in storage?

Is that the wacked-out "evidence" that they people are using here? Dont-know

This just doesn't pass the smell-test with me for some reason. Thinking-about

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I also find it hard to believe that this existed for all those years and no one says anything? No one leaks anything? And when others are caught, they point to him and say 'he made me'?

Those guys are tested and double tested so often, I don't see how he got away with it. And one story was that a maid said he and his team had removed all the pictures down from the hotel room walls so they could hang their blood bags. When was the last time any of us where in a hotel where the pictures came down? Maybe the super high priced ones they do. But if you are doing something illegal, if you know enough to do it, you're going to have some other way than this.

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Quote:"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling," UCI president Pat McQuaid said at a press conference.

This quote doesn't exactly reassure me that this UCI guy is unbiased. Yeah, you can state what you consider to be "facts", but this kind of comment makes it obvious that this guy has a grudge against Armstrong and wants to settle or score or something... Thinking-about

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All his wins means he has all those who lost. In all those years, not a single one of them had any evidence against him? This is why I find this so hard to believe.

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Just food for thought. Cycling is the dirtiest sport of all. Doping and performance enhancing drugs have been the rule instead of the exception for as long as I can remember.

Too bad the greatest champion of all has been sacrificed in order to "clean" up the sport. Not going to happen, though.
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RE: Lance Armstrong stripped of all 7 Tour de France titles
A FORMER Australian Commonwealth Games team doctor has called for sporting authorities to give up on their war against drugs, claiming steroids don't cause harm if they are administered properly
The Lance Armstrong doping scandal has put the issue of drugs in sport back into the spotlight, with most commentators calling for more stringent testing of athletes.

However, Dr Tony Millar, the founder of Australia's first sports medicine clinic and St George's doctor for eight of their 11 straight rugby league premierships in the 1950s and '60s, believes athletes should be allowed to take performance-enhancing substances if they are administered by a health professional. ''It doesn't hurt them if they do it properly,'' Millar said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/doct...z2AXZ6YnLe
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