International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid had harsh word for Lance Armstrong Monday, as he confirmed that the disgraced professional cyclist would have all of his Tour de France titles stripped after indisputable evidence that he used performance-enhancing drugs to achieve those wins.
“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,” McQuaid told reporters at a press conference in Geneva.
The decision comes after Armstrong’s key sponsors have already jumped ship. He has also stepped down from the chairman position at his cancer charity, Livestrong.
Now it is up to the Tour de France to determine if Armstrong’s titles should be awarded to someone else. The problem, however, is that all of the second-place finishers (as well as many of the third, forth, fifth…) are embroiled in their own doping scandals.
Monday, October 22, 2012