Lance Armstrong Officially Stripped of His 7 Tour Titles

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Lance Armstrong has been through a “difficult couple of weeks”. Just yesterday, the UCI, cycling’s governing body, agreed to accept the USADA’s findings and officially stripped the Texan of his 7 Tour de France wins and banned him from competition for life. Pat McQuaid speaking at a press conference in Geneva had this to say, “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling.”

The UCI does not plan to award the wins to the next rider in line. According to the UCI, many of the runner-ups themselves, have been embroiled in their own accusations of doping and/or have admitted to doping. Instead, there will be no official winner for those years.

The bad news for Lance Armstrong doesn’t end there, in addition to being stripped of the tour wins, the Tour de France has indicated they would like their prize money returned. They’ll have to get in line – SCA Promotions, the Dallas-based company that insured Armstrong’s bonus money for three of those seven Tour de France wins has also come forward saying they’re exploring their options on how to recoup the $12 million they paid out to Armstrong.

The legal and financial problems for Armstrong continue to mount up. After hearing of the official ruling by the UCI, Armstrong’s longest running and sole remaining sponsor, Oakley, released this statement, “Based on UCI’s decision today and the overwhelming evidence that USADA presented, Oakley has severed its longstanding relationship with Lance Armstrong, effective immediately.”

Oakley joins Nike, Trek, Giro, and SRAM in ending their sponsorships of Lance Armstrong as an athlete, but stay committed to their sponsorship of his Livestrong Foundation. The Foundation founded in 1996, will continue on, but without Lance Armstrong as the chairman. He stepped down last Wednesday, indicating that he was giving up his position as chairman due to the controversy around the doping charges.

24-Hour Fitness, Anheuser-Busch, and Radioshack have also also cut ties with Armstrong. Honey Stinger and FRS, two companies Armstrong has stakes in, said they would remove him from their packaging. The loss of all his endorsement deals should hit Armstrong hard, a source claimed, a conservative estimate of Armstrong’s endorsement deals totaled roughly 35 million in future revenue.

Armstrong has not made any comments publicly since the announcement by the UCI, but twitter users may have noticed a slight change to Lance Armstrong’s twitter profile page. As recently as Monday it used to read – “Father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour de France winner, full time cancer fighter, part time triathlete.”

But has now been changed to – “Raising my five kids. Fighting Cancer. Swim, bike, run and golf whenever I can.”

About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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  • L. Smith says:

    I second Danny Goossens on his appraisal of the situation.
    I don’t care what “they” say, Lance is, and will always be, THE World’s GREATEST!

  • Randy Thomas says:

    So the UCI will not award to the next rider in line. They should have stated they will not award to the next riders in line (make that plural to cover just about every pro). Lance was a winner amongst his peers. Even more so given his battle against cancer.

  • T. Benkowski says:

    First off, almost everybody was doping, so the competition was essentially equal. If riders all around you were doping in order to be competitive you would also have to do doping. Secondly, I bet the sponsors pushed the issue of doping and were knowledgeable but they just said to keep quiet. How can you strip someone when everyone was doing the same thing. Then you’d have to identify everyone who was doing doping,. I guess it is like speeding in a car, sometimes you get caught and when you do you have to pay the price, but you know, everyone does it. Also, jealousy was involved. in this situation. Come on eveyone wise up! To compete at the level Lance Armstrong did and win 7 Tour de France races even with doping amongst the majority of players is still a grueling endeavor and to me LANCE is and always will be a hero. The other point is my wife is a two time cancer survivor and anyone who has ever gone through this terrible disease knows that surviving cancer alone makes him a hero, not to mention the grueling training he did to prepare for the Tour de France and win!!! GIVE THE GUY A BREAK!! Acknowledge his major achievement!

  • Kelly Kane says:

    LIVESTRONG ARMSTRONG!!!!!!!!!

    Lance; You should reinstate the “7 time Tour de France winner” on your Twitter page.
    UCI and USADA can go suck an egg!

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