UCI Strips Lance Armstrong of His 7 Tour de France Titles
GENEVA (AP) – Lance Armstrong’s name is coming out of cycling’s record books.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling’s governing body Monday following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.
UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA’s report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In Paris, Tour director Christian Prudhomme said at a news conference he no longer considers Armstrong the seven-time champion of the race. Prudhomme called UCI’s decision “totally logical” and said “Lance Armstrong is no longer the winner of the Tour de France from 1999-2005.”
Meanwhile, Oakley is the latest sponsor to drop Lance Armstrong, after cycling’s governing body stripped him of his Tour de France titles and banned him for life following doping allegations.
The wave of sponsors dropping Armstrong crested last week, around the same time Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer charity.
Oakley said it was waiting to hear UCI’s decision. Now, the sunglass and sports clothing maker says it is severing ties effective immediately.
Other sponsors that have dropped Armstrong include Nike, Trek Bicycles and Anheuser-Busch, 24 Hour Fitness and Honey Stinger.
Oakley is owned by Italian company Luxottica Group SpA.
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