By Tomica Kipp
American Cyclist Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France tiles and banned from cycling competition for life by the cycling’s governing body.
The Cycling’s governing body agreed with the United States Anti-Doping Agency that Armstrong use performance enhancing drugs. This decision will allow the Tour de France Organizers to officially remove Armstrong’s name from the record book.
Armstrong won the Tour de France race a consecutive seven times from 1999-2005. USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said, “The UCI made the right decision in the Lance Armstrong case, despite its prior opposition to USADA investigation into the doping on the U.S. Postal Service Cycling team and with the sport.”
“This determination to uphold USADA’s decision on the U.S. Postal Service case does not by itself clean up cycling nor does it ensures the sport has moved past the obstacles that allowed doping to flourish in the age of EPO and blood transfusions,” said Tygart.
There has been no comment from Armstrong camp, but he has always maintained that he never used performance enhancing drugs.