Hot on the heels of the UCI’s decision to ratify USADA’s sanctions on Lance Armstrong, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has asked Lance Armstrong to pay back prize money from his seven stripped Tour de France wins between 1999 and 2005.



“The UCI rules are clear. When a rider is disqualified, he must pay the prize money back,” Prudhomme said.



Armstrong is thought to have won almost $3 million on his seven-Tour winning streak.



At a press conference in Paris on Monday afternoon, Prudhomme also re-stated his desire that the seven stripped editions that Armstrong won ought to be assigned no champion.

“The formal decision has to be taken by the UCI but for us, we must have a clean record… this period must be marked by the absence of winners,” he said.



“We are in a mafia system beyond doping and the world of sport, in a way,” he said. He called the USADA report “overwhelming”.



“This is a global crisis, the aura of Armstrong affects the whole world,” Prudhomme added. “The UCI must take all the lessons [from the Armstrong affair].”



“In 1998, certain people played a good game in denouncing Festina and saying that they were the only ones to cheat. That was clearly not the case. It’s something that transcends cycling, that concerns all disciplines,” he said.



There will likely be more questions relating to Armstrong for Prudhomme to field on Wednesday, when he announces the route of the 100th Tour de France.



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  • Robrace

    The Tour organisers should pursue Lance through the courts for the repayment of his winnings with the same aggression Lance his pursued his critics. The tradition of sharing winnings with the winning team is a red herring. This is done (voluntarily) to ensure the commitment of the team and because the Tour winner receives such huge sums of money in endorsements and the like that he can happily give away his winnings in this way. It is ‘loose change’ in comparison to the post race earnings of a Tour winner. These earnings have been accrued fraudulently by Lance Armstrong. ASO have every right to demand and receive the return of Lance’s Tour de France prize money. It will still only make a relatively small dent in his fraudulent gains but will make sure a principle is set for any future cheats. By the way, when is the arrogant and outrageous President of the UCI going to resign? One hopes that there will be a thorough police investigation into Verbruggen’s alleged role in the cover-up of a Lance Armstrong dope test result. Time to chuck the ‘see no, hear no evil’ suits out.

  • skippy

    During the period 1990 to 2010 , if not after , EPO has been used by the bulk of those in the Top 10 at the Grand Tours ! Even ” Big Mig ” is reputed to have question marks on his career ?
    Sad to say that the Criminal Elements in Society control SPORT and thus ALL RESULTS are questionable and this has to be recognised !
    John Fahey of WADA has voiced an interest in an ” AMNESTY ” ? Let him get to and set up an ” AMNESTY for ALL SPORT ” , covering bopth Present & Past Athletes ! Ask National Governments to allow their ATHLETES to step foeward and clear their consciences ! Only people of the calibre of ” Steve Hodge ” will step up without some protection from ” Double Jeopardy “!
    Those named in the ” USADA reasoned report ” will be back on their bikes on the 1st April ( Fools day ) 2013 , as if nothing had happened ! UCI rules call for 2 years and the team to turf them , but i guess it was necessary to bend the rules to get the RESULT ?

    Wednesday , Prudhomme , should announce ALL Results from 1990 questionable , but has he the Guts ?

    As for the ” pie in the sky ” recovery of the winnings , is it not the case that the Winners Monies are distributed to the Team ? Can you imagine Chris telling ” George ” , for one , that he should return his portion ? Parrabuddy.blogspot will do a special , the day George or the others pass Chris a centime

  • Ken Evans

    I hope he will be charged interest on that loan !

  • DougEG

    Silly comments from a crap officer of the sport. For 15 years practically everyone in the top 20 was juiced. Demand that all prize money be returned, or shutup. I say shutup. These, “Lance is the bad guy” comments (and he is I must say) from race officials, are nothing but a diversion, too keep the heat from coming their way. The officials in my mind are as responsible for the horrible state of our sport as are the riders. In my mind, If we could force these people to resign, we would be closer to changes for the better in cycling.

  • skippy

    During the period 1990 to 2010 , if not after , EPO has been used by the bulk of those in the Top 10 at the Grand Tours ! Even ” Big Mig ” is reputed to have question marks on his career ?
    Sad to say that the Criminal Elements in Society control SPORT and thus ALL RESULTS are questionable and this has to be recognised !
    John Fahey of WADA has voiced an interest in an ” AMNESTY ” ? Let him get to and set up an ” AMNESTY for ALL SPORT ” , covering bopth Present & Past Athletes ! Ask National Governments to allow their ATHLETES to step foeward and clear their consciences ! Only people of the calibre of ” Steve Hodge ” will step up without some protection from ” Double Jeopardy “!
    Those named in the ” USADA reasoned report ” will be back on their bikes on the 1st April ( Fools day ) 2013 , as if nothing had happened ! UCI rules call for 2 years and the team to turf them , but i guess it was necessary to bend the rules to get the RESULT ?

    Wednesday , Prudhomme , should announce ALL Results from 1990 questionable , but has he the Guts ?

    As for the ” pie in the sky ” recovery of the winnings , is it not the case , that the Winners Monies are distributed to the Team ? Can you imagine Chris telling ” George ” , for one , that he should return his portion ? Parrabuddy.blogspot will do a special , the day George or the others pass Chris a centime !

  • Brian

    How does the Tour Director expect Armstrong to pay back the Winnings ? when he most probably Shared it amongst all the Confessed Cheats on his teams.

  • Cyclist

    Send round the baliff’s.

    Send the police round too. This level of earnings via fraud is pretty serious.

  • jim

    Prudhomme knows that he’d be struggling to put in a name of a definitely ‘clean’ winner……..Over the years, ASO has made a lot of money from the Tour and other races it owns. For a long time (maybe up to the present day, I’m not sure) they took care to keep their financial details away from public scrutiny, whilst taking TV money, fees from the towns that hosted the stages…..You feel the whole system is corrupt, that those in power have long known it and possibly condoned it, as long as they could make money out of it. We’re told the evidence against Armstrong is ‘overwhelming’, but he wasn’t alone by any means and it’s hard to believe that those in the upper echelons of the sport’s promotion and organisation were unaware of what has been going on for years and years, well before Festina, well before Armstrong.
    Now the lid seems to have been taken off the ‘can of worms’, we are beginning to see the likes of Rabobank pulling out. This is probably what the UCI and ASO probably fear the most : if the money goes out of the ‘sport’, what next for them?