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UCI ratifies USADA's sanction on Armstrong

10-22-2012 20:45 BJT

GENEVA, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Cycling's governing body UCI announced here on Monday that it has ratified the sanction that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) imposed on cyclist Lance Armstrong, including a lifetime ban from the sport and stripping his seven Tour de Francetitles.

UCI president Pat McQuaid said the UCI will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," McQuaid told a press conference, calling today a "landmark day for cycling".

"This is not the first time cycling has reached a crossroads and has had to begin anew. ... It will do so again with vigor," he said.

In the end of August, USADA stripped the 41-year-old retired cyclist of his results dated back to August 1, 1998, including his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005.

USADA issued an 1,000-page report on Oct. 10, explaining its reasons for stripping Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banning him for life from cycling.

The report, which included witness testimony from 11 former teammates in U.S. Postal cycling team and Discovery cycling team, who accused Armstrong of cheating through the use of EPO, blood doping and other drugs and pushing his teammates to do the same.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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