Lance Armstrong Officially Stripped of Seven Titles

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USA TODAY

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.


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