Lance Armstrong can no longer call himself a Tour de France winner. The International Cycling Union has now announced that it will officially strip the disgraced athlete of his seven titles in the midst of mounting doping allegations and evidence against him.
“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten,” ICU President Pat McQuaid said at a pretty hard-hitting 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.”
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, but that is a moot point since earlier this year he announced his retirement from professional cycling and it was at this point that he said he had given up fighting the ADA’s allegations, although he still denies any wrongdoing.
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, apparently so that the charity’s good work could go on without being tarnished by Lance Armstrong’s ruined reputation.