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UCI officially nullifies Armstrong's Tour de France titles and results

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December 11, 2012, 15:28,
December 11, 2012, 20:33
Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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American has three weeks to appeal

Lance Armstrong has officially lost his seven Tour de France titles and all of his other results after July 1998. The UCI informed him that the disqualifications were now in force, and he has three weeks to appeal that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“Lance Armstrong’s lawyer was notified on 6th December that all his results since 1st August 1998 were nullified. He has 21 days to appeal,” UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani told the Reuters news agency.

The UCI action stems from the USADA anti-doping investigation of Armstrong, which ended with a lifetime ban for the American. It ruled that he had been involved in the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”.

If Armstrong does not appeal this decision, he also faces the loss of his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Earlier this month the IOC said that it would wait for this UCI action and the end of the appeal period before taking action.

“The IOC today will not move because we need to have the situation whereby the UCI notifies officially Mr Armstrong of the fact that he will be disqualified and declared ineligible and that he should hand over his medal,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said on December 5.

“When he will be notified Mr Armstrong will have 21 days to launch an appeal. It is only after that period that the IOC can legally take action.”

Armstrong has consistently denied doping, and taken very little action concerning the USADA investigation. His attorneys made filings over the summer challenging the USADA's jurisdiction, which a federal court denied. Armstrong announced the end of August that he would not challenge the case, which led to his ban and the stripping of the Tour de France titles and results.

tigersharkchomp More than 1 year ago
O.K. Since it's law now that this is all going to be tried in the court of public opinion, let's at least be consistent and "Officially" strip Ulrich, Riis, Pantani, Julich, Levi, Vaughters, etc., etc., ad nauseum.. Of ALL of their winnings, results.. Jesus!, I'm no Lance lover, but at least be consistent!??
LaBici More than 1 year ago
it was not a trial in the court of Public Opinion. It was the reasoned judgement of the USADA. Folks are going to have to stop believing in the myth of a seven time winner of the TDF. Only thorough Chemistry can that happen. had his arrogant hubris been kept in check and he stopped at 3. wins it may have all ended differently.
tigersharkchomp More than 1 year ago
Hey man, I agree with you, but I'm also sensing a bit of naivete.. Technically, he passed his tests.. Ullrich was DNA matched as was Hamilton, Valverde, Basso.. Consistency is all I'm wondering about. Strike all tarnished results! Columbus didn't discover America, The asian land bridge crossers did and Leif Ericson and Chinese explorers n' sh*t.. Change everything!
grshopr More than 1 year ago
I'm still waiting for people to take Hincapie off the most TdF appearances list. If you're stripped of a win for doping, it's like you were never there. So, why is George still counted in attendance?
HujilAU More than 1 year ago
Lance wasn't stripped for the rather minor charge of drug USE which attracts at most a two year ban. He along with the other five accused were charged with Trafficking, Possession, Assisting, Administrating and Aggravating the Circumstance. The last charge was broken into the sub-charges of Fraud, Conspiracy to Defraud, Witness Tampering and Perverting the Course of Justice. Next to those the charge of Use is very small indeed.
zecarioca More than 1 year ago
I agree, not a Lance fan but make it even, the other day I read they suspended a guy for one day for testing positive, basically for the day he won the race and that's it??? Be consistent UCI
HujilAU More than 1 year ago
Lance wasn't stripped for the rather minor charge of drug USE which attracts at most a two year ban. He along with the other five accused were charged with Trafficking, Possession, Assisting, Administrating and Aggravating the Circumstance. The last charge was broken into the sub-charges of Fraud, Conspiracy to Defraud, Witness Tampering and Perverting the Course of Justice.
DavePat More than 1 year ago
What you seem to be conveniently missing is the fact that Armstrong was not stripped of his titles and banned from all Olympic sports for life for just mere doping. Doping was THE LEAST of the charges that Armstrong ran from faster than a speeding bullet. Charges such as trafficking over multiple countries and continents for longer than a decade, witness tampering and intimidation, coercing others to dope, conspiracy, administration, aiding and abetting, possession of doping and testing equipment, etc., etc. It's these far more serious charges that put Armstrong into a totally different class of criminality than just a bunch of dopers.
LaBici More than 1 year ago
I long had suspicions that Lance was doping. But I never could imagine what has come out: that he was basically a ruthless Mafia Don of the TdF and his team. The level of his involvement in the doping of his team, himself, the ruthless way he intimated other racers such as Simoni and others, journalists such as David Walsh, Kimmage etc is mind-bogling. Why was he given or allowed to take all this power? He was so brazen in his intimidation and dismissive of those that dared question him! Only LeMond and Kimmage seemed to be able to stand up to him. So glad he has finally been humbled back down to earth. And he now will face a flurry of civil and other trials and woes as various lawsuits are / will be brought forth against him.
ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
very good mate yes correct
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
All the high level dopers did the same things Lance did. All these charges are just to make it sound more serious. How do you think you get drugs administered during the TdF?
DavePat More than 1 year ago
You don't do it with witness tampering and intimidation, perjury, aiding and abetting, and conspiracy to defraud a govt. entity (USPS) which are the more serious charges that put Armstrong into a totally different class of criminality.
spokehead More than 1 year ago
Let's not forget that this is the same UCI IOC WADA that celebrate Eddie Merkx (greatest cyclist of all time), even though he was charged with doping thrice, Tom Simpson with a Memorial after killing himself with speed on Ventoux, and Armstrong who brought the sport from its first Phoenix rising. The sport I love is tuff, even for an amateur. Lance is not a god but a cyclist, a human with failings. Why treat him different than the other cheats. Let's strip them all or put an asterisk by the win and move on with a cleaner sport. Otherwise the UCI, The Tour, IOC and WADA all who profited from Lance's Success and now fall from Grace are able to deflect their roll and blind eye in the entire affair. Hypocrites All!!!
jojo1973 More than 1 year ago
well said
qwert52 More than 1 year ago
Not happy about what Lance did, but I think its a hypocrite mistake to only come after him like that. It only opens a huge hole in the results of those years, and make the entire organisation look fake. And the Lance situation is just a brick in the wall: imagine, if he was Spanish, and did the same, the statute of limitation would have applied, and he would be getting away with it. Its been a long built system. From Lance as much as from other teams. And its a catch 22... the more difficult they make TDF and all those races, the more they want to dope to get on top... the more they get on top, the more difficult UCI makes those races. Is someone trying to tell me that the new head of cycling are now magically all clean? after what we have just discovered, I can't think of any race sanctioned by the UCI, any team part of those events as being clean and on the level, nowadays. Too difficult, too much money involved, too much pressure from sponsers that turn a blind eye, and play offended virgins when a cyclist gets caught.
jimbeamer More than 1 year ago
I dont understand,Big Tex said he never used any of those P E D's.
HujilAU More than 1 year ago
He lied.
Patrick West More than 1 year ago
Jim, get the LA party line straight. " I am the most tested athlete and have never produced a positive test" , doesn't deny use just used slight of words to answer with a half truth.
enjoyeveryride More than 1 year ago
Why don't trek and all the other companys give back the billions they made off of L.A. name???????? Also they let all these guys race and give only 6 month bans in the off season, look at Basso ,Millar etc 2yrs min, a Big Scam..
Josh Wilson More than 1 year ago
Basso, Millar etc were caught red handed and have been punished accordingly. Leipheimer, Hincapie etc weren't caught at all. They could have just kept their mouths shut and they wouldn't have been banned at all, or more importantly, disgraced and stripped of all of their results from the periods in which they doped. BIG difference there IMO. Cycling needs its skeletons to come out of the closet to move forward, and for that to happen you need to offer some leniency to those who have the honesty and decency to come forward and tell their story.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
And why is their story credible? It's all too handy to be able to tell what and when you did for a relative non-penalty. Also, the rules do not allow for reduced punishments. This is not the police searching for the "kingpin". It's sport and all rule breakers are subject to the same penalty. Everybody wants a piece of way or another, it's all about him. The world doesn't even know who the others are.
Mr.DNA More than 1 year ago
Good, now the IOC can take its bronze back.
Wagabaddog More than 1 year ago
Who are they trying to kid? Armstrong put the TDF and dozen of companies on the map outside of cycling circles or beyond Europe. Taking those titles away is a hypocritical display considering practically all cycling greats (and many also rans) have outright admitted to or have been seriously suspected of doping. Why race at all? They might as well void the whole sport if UCI vacates results from all those years.
SavageKiwi More than 1 year ago
I find this remarkably unfair given that many others were doing the same thing. Focusing on one cyclist is missing the big picture. The competence of the UCI really must be questioned.
spokehead More than 1 year ago
Agree with tigersharpchomp. I am no fan of Lance. He was an amazing talent that probably used PEDs. He lacked the moral fiber, as does the UCI and all others in this game, to do what is right. This is the same UCI that glorified Tom Simpson's death and Eddie Merckx (caught thrice). Ban him, but unless you have proof, which the testing and missed doping controls were used and accepted protocols under the WADA/UCI doping system (O'sorry, new rules: reasoned decisions from a body that claims conspiracy 12 years ago to expand the SOL is now part of the equation) don’t exclude results. Under rule of law you cannot change the rules in the middle of the game because you now look bad while you continue to accept the money from the publicity the protagonist Lance, Tom and Eddie have wrought. Hypocrites All!!!
kingkeirin More than 1 year ago
I said for years that I felt Lance was doping. I'm no Lance-ite. But I must say that the UCI and USA Cycling are acting like a gold digging wife of a sports star. They hang around while he's raking in the consistent cash and of some considerable benefit. But the second he announces retirement, she announces divorce. Get out while the money's still all there. The UCI & USA Cycling are no different. They knew Lance was doping but they were covering it up while he was expanding their brand into untapped markets. He's done spreading influence so now it's time to turn away and act like the innocent partner who had nothing to do with their spouse's disreputable acts. They save face and appear like they've always been against doping but it's really a farce. They're against doping so long as it doesn't cost them anything.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Totally. Lance stole it, fair and square. What a pathetic way to try and save face. Totally agree with Tigerchompshark. Where's the consistency? There is nothing that Lance did that a ton of others weren't doing. Maybe things vary in degrees in certain cases, but not enough to apply different standards. If you kick Lance out of cycling, you MUST go back and kick everyone else out. You must. Because most teams had some form of organized doping, and Lance didn't invent anything - he just beat them at their own pathetic little game. There is nobody left to give the medals to, so fine, get rid of the result, but nullify all of the results then - just don't pretend like any resolution is possible. It's a big gray area. In the end, nobody will be able to splice it. But the vilification of Lance is going to backfire someday. Bradley Wiggins? Listen to that guy. If those are the characters who are going to run cycling now, then screw it. I don't like Lance, but at least he had some kind of personality, detestable as it may have been.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
One of cycling's greatest problems going forward is that the mythology is really disappearing. More people than ever realize that everyone's heroics are/were due to doping - or at least that will always be insinuated. But even the believable is kind of boring now - the PERSONALITIES are boring, mostly. Indurain was powerful because his being was powerful, and he spoke with a certain elegance. Today's 'heros' do not, and the mythology is dying. Cycling out to be careful, because mythology is what feeds the sport. If you lose that, and you lose that big of mystery - well, then put up a few cones in some crap suburb and race around in circles like a monkey, because that's what you'll have left. Sport is about more than just going fast. Going fast is fine, but irrelevant if nobody cares to tell the story. Like him or not, we'll be talking about Lance forever - and nobody is going to give a rat's ass about guys like Wiggins.