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Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France wins

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  • All 7 titles will be erased from the record books
  • Lifetime ban from cycling ratified

It will be as if Lance Armstrong never raced in the Tour de France.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced Monday that it would go along with a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report and remove all seven of Armstrong's titles from the record books. 

The USADA released dozens of pages of evidence, claiming Armstrong was involved in what it calls "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." 

"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," said UCI president Pat McQuaid.

The anti-doping group said 11 riders, including Armstrong's teammate George Hincapie, had come forward admitting their use of performance-enhancing drugs while on the team.

READ MORE: Anti-doping agency: Lance Armstrong cheated

Last week, Nike was among several companies who broke ties with Armstrong. The company said it dropped the cyclist due to what it calls "seemingly insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade.

Armstrong has repeatedly denied the allegations. His attorney, Tim Herman, calls the USADA report a "government witch hunt."

A lifelong ban from the sport was also ratified.

 

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