ALL ACCESS MEMBERSHIP

JOIN NOW ACTIVATE SIGN IN
  • Overcast, mist, light rain
  • 37°
    Overcast, mist, light rain
  • Comment

Cycling body to respond Monday to Armstrong report

Posted: October 20, 2012 - 11:06pm
US Postal Service cycling team leader and 2004 Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and team mate George Hincapie, right, ride the victory lap on Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris, France, Sunday July 25, 2004. Eleven teammates of Lance Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team including George Hincapie have turned on him offering evidence and testimony to back up allegations that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs in competition, the USADA said. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a damning report last week containing testimony from former teammates and other witnesses against Armstrong, and has ordered that he be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. The international cycling federation is yet to indicate its next move. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  PETER DEJONG
PETER DEJONG
US Postal Service cycling team leader and 2004 Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and team mate George Hincapie, right, ride the victory lap on Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris, France, Sunday July 25, 2004. Eleven teammates of Lance Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team including George Hincapie have turned on him offering evidence and testimony to back up allegations that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs in competition, the USADA said. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a damning report last week containing testimony from former teammates and other witnesses against Armstrong, and has ordered that he be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. The international cycling federation is yet to indicate its next move. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The final word on Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles could come Monday when cycling’s governing body gives its response to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that paints the American as a longtime drug cheat.

The UCI received USADA’s 200-page report last week and has until the end of the month to decide whether to ratify USADA’s decision to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour victories or appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

USADA banned Armstrong for life and said he should lose his titles because of his involvement in “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

The cycling body said Friday that UCI President Pat McQuaid will hold a news conference in Geneva on Monday. The USADA report already has cost Armstrong key sponsors, including Nike and Anheuser-Busch. Armstrong also stepped down on Wednesday as chairman of the Livestrong cancer charity he founded.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme is waiting on the UCI’s decision before removing Armstrong’s name from the record books as the race prepares to celebrate its centenary edition next year. Armstrong won consecutive Tours from 1999-2005. Prudhomme said the Tour will have no official winners for the seven races Armstrong won if he is stripped of his victories by the UCI.

If Armstrong’s victories are not reassigned there would be a seven-year hole in the record books. It would also mark a shift in how Tour organizers treated similar cases in the past. When Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour victory for a doping violation, organizers held a ceremony to award the race winner’s yellow jersey to Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck. In 2006, Oscar Pereiro was awarded the victory and a place in the record books after the doping disqualification of American rider Floyd Landis. USADA also thinks the Tour titles should not be given to other riders who finished on the podium, such was the level of doping during Armstrong’s era. The agency said 20 of the 21 rider on the podium in the Tour from 1999 through 2005 have been “directly tied to likely doping through admissions, sanctions, public investigations” or other means. It added that of the 45 riders on the podium between 1996 and 2010, 36 were by cyclists “similarly tainted by doping.”

  • Comment

Spotted

Please Note: You may have disabled JavaScript and/or CSS. Although this news content will be accessible, certain functionality is unavailable.

Skip to News

« back

next »

  • title http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/378078/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/378073/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/378058/
  • title http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/378053/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/378048/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/378043/
  • title http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/378038/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/378028/
Slideshow | Shop with a Cop

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING