The UCI ban Lance Armstrong for life and strip him of seven Tour de France titles

Last Updated: 23/10/12 7:47am

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Armstrong: Stripped of seven Tour titles

Armstrong: Stripped of seven Tour titles

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Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the UCI accepted the findings of the United States Anti-Doping Agency's investigation.

Armstrong refused to co-operate with USADA, who earlier this month published a 1,000-page report which concluded the Texan and his United States Postal Service team ran "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

Armstrong allegations timeline:

2010:
May - Armstrong's former US Postal team-mate Floyd Landis launches allegations against the Texan.
2011:
May - Forced to deny claims made by former team-mate Tyler Hamilton that they took performance-enhancing drugs together.
2012:
February - An investigation into alleged doping by Armstrong is dropped by federal prosecutors in California.
June - United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) confirm they will file formal doping charges against Armstrong.
July - Armstrong files lawsuit against USADA accusing them of "corrupt inducements" to other cyclists to testify against him.
August 20 - Armstrong's legal action dismissed in court.
August 24 - Armstrong announces he will not fight doping charges filed against him but insists he is innocent. He is stripped of all his titles and banned from cycling for life by USADA.
October 10 - USADA claim 11 of Armstrong's former team-mates have testified against him.
October 22 - Cycling's world governing body, the UCI confirms it has ratified USADA's decision to ban Armstrong from cycling for life and to strip him of his seven Tour de France titles for doping offences.

In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the UCI had 21 days to respond, and president Pat McQuaid announced on Monday the world governing body would accept USADA's findings and ratified the sanctions imposed on Armstrong.

It means the Texan has been stripped of all results since August 1 1998 and banned for life.

At a press conference in Geneva, McQuaid said: "(The UCI) will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and it will recognise the sanctions that USADA has imposed.

"The UCI will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling and the UCI will strip him of his seven Tour de France titles.

"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling."

Eleven former team-mates of Armstrong testified against him to USADA, receiving six-month bans.

These suspensions were also ratified by the UCI, who thanked the riders for providing evidence against Armstrong.

McQuaid added: "The UCI will also recognise the sanctions imposed on the riders who testified against Lance Armstrong; UCI indeed thanks them for telling their stories."

The UCI, particularly the leadership of McQuaid and honorary president Hein Verbruggen, who was president at the time of Armstrong's record run of Tour success, have met criticism over the USADA investigation.

Allegations have been made against the UCI, which McQuaid dismissed.

"UCI has nothing to hide in responding to the USADA report," he said.

"The UCI has called a special meeting of the UCI management committee next Friday to discuss this report and the measures which the UCI wishes to put in place in order that we are never faced with such a situation in the future."

While addressing the past, McQuaid was steadfast in his belief that cycling has a positive future.

He added: "This is a landmark day for cycling. Cycling has endured a lot of pain as it has absorbed the impact of the USADA report.

"UCI promised to prioritise our analysis of the report and to provide an early response and we've done that.

"My message to cycling, to our riders, to our sponsors and to our fans today is: cycling has a future.

"This is not the first time that cycling has reached a crossroads or that it has had to begin anew and to engage in the painful process of confronting its past.

"It will do so again with renewed vigour and purpose and its stakeholders and fans can be assured that it will find a new path forward.

"We're here to answer your questions and to say to the cycling community: UCI is listening and is on your side.

"We've come too far in the fight against doping to return to our past.

"Cycling has a future and something like this must never happen again."

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