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Armstrong stripped of bronze medal from Sydney Olympics

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Cycling News
Published:
January 17, 2013, 15:57,
Updated:
January 17, 2013, 15:46
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, January 17, 2013
Lance Armstrong (United States) on the podium for the time trial at the Sydney Olympics

Lance Armstrong (United States) on the podium for the time trial at the Sydney Olympics

  • Lance Armstrong (United States) on the podium for the time trial at the Sydney Olympics
  • Lance Armstrong is said to confess to doping in the interview with Oprah Winfrey
  • 2000 Sydney Olympic time trial podium: Jan Ulrich, Viatcheslav Ekimov and Lance Armstrong

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IOC waited for expiration of UCI appeal deadline

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of the bronze medal that he won in the time trial at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The International Olympic Committee informed Armstrong of the decision in a letter on Wednesday evening.

Armstrong was last year banned for life and stripped of all results from August 1, 1998 onwards in the wake of the US Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation into doping at his former US Postal Service team.

At an executive board meeting in December, the IOC decided to strip Armstrong of his Olympic medal but waited confirmation from the UCI that Armstrong had not appealed against the sanctions imposed by USADA before formally proceeding with the matter.

“Following the recent decisions of USADA and the UCI regarding the competitive cycling results of Lance Armstrong, the IOC has disqualified Armstrong from the events in which he competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, namely, the men’s individual road race, where he finished 13th, and the men’s individual time trial, where he finished 3rd and was awarded with a bronze medal and a certificate,” read a statement from the IOC on Thursday.

The IOC decision comes just ahead of Thursday night’s much-publicised screening of an interview between Armstrong and Oprah Winfrey, in which Armstrong is reported to have confessed to doping.

The IOC has requested that Armstrong return the medal and certificate to the United States Olympic Committee. It is as yet unclear as to whether Armstrong’s medal will be reallocated to Abraham Olano, who finished 4th. The Sydney time trial was won by Armstrong’s then US Postal Service teammate Viatcheslav Ekimov, ahead of Jan Ullrich.

Last year, the IOC awarded Ekimov with gold for the 2004 Olympic time trial in the wake of original winner Tyler Hamilton’s decision to return his medal, and announced that Michael Rogers would be elevated to 3rd place and awarded bronze.

 

 

 

 

philpaque More than 1 year ago
And Ekimov and Ullrich get to keep their gold and silver medals. What a joke. I hope Lance finds humor in this.
TomekA More than 1 year ago
According to Pevenage Ullrich was clean from 1999 to 2001. He doped in 96-98 period and from 2003 onwards.
HailPantani More than 1 year ago
I hope 'Lance' doesn't find humour in anything.
LaBici More than 1 year ago
Ekimov and Ullrich they doped LESS
Pat McQuaid Must Go More than 1 year ago
They should have renamed the event the Performance Enhanced Bike Ride....and let them all keep their medals!!
Scott Smith More than 1 year ago
I still find it amazing that so many people think that Lance should pay the price for every doper that ever doped. What everyone fails to understand is that they all doped when he raced. Obviously, had it been a level playing field and no one doped, Lance would have still been the victor. We will never know now. But to think that they all weren't doping is awful naive.
PeaceVegan More than 1 year ago
No, Lance is paying the price for his doping. Hopefully he also pays the price for ruining and attempting to ruin the lives and careers of many people that had knowledge of his activities. If you choose to dope and get caught you pay the price. Simple. If you received a lot of money for winning races while doping you get sued for the breach of contract. If you lie under oath you get prosecuted (unless you're lucky enough to have had the SOL run out).
Mr.DNA More than 1 year ago
I'll bet the line "But everyone was doing it" gets your kids off the hook every time.
ShawnB More than 1 year ago
I still find it amazing that you come on here with no apparent knowledge that Armstrong had a career starting in the late 80's, before EPO, in which he flat out sucked in the high mountains AND in time trials FOR YEARS, and had his ass handed to him regularly in anything but 1-day events. He had NO GC talent. "Obviously had it been a level playing field my Lancey still would have won" OMG what a joke you are.