The Union Cycliste International (UCI) has accepted the findings of the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) and stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles. The American has also been banned from the sport for life.

In a press conference in Geneva today UCI President Pat McQuaid said; “The UCI will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling and strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling.’

“[The UCI] will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and it will recognise the sanctions that USADA has imposed.” McQuaid went on to thank everyone who corporated with the USADA’s investigation and that nothing like this must happen again.

McQuaid called today a “landmark day for cycling” and promised changes will be made at a special management committee meeting arranged for this Friday. He also defended the much maligned governing body saying they have never had the powers the police have, and that they have only been able to operate in the systems that exist at the time.

Speaking generally of those who dope he said. “I’m sorry that we couldn’t catch every damn one of them red-handed and throw them out of the sport at the time.”

McQuaid said he would not be resigning and that he had made the fight against doping his priority since he became president in 2005.

  • Ken Evans

    And after all the great cycling PR of 2012 from GB riders !

    There has to be a better way,
    Lance first won the Tour in 1999 !

  • Ian

    We will probably find out all the details in about 5 yrs time when the statute of limitations expires on armstrong being charged with perjury, maybe sooner if he is found guilty and goes to jail. Can’t wait for the book!!! the other side of “he made me do it”, Who knew what ? Who just looked the other way ? All the money people are claiming back now, LA will be counter claiming as they paid out at the time with the full knowledge of what was going on. People who are kicking him when he is down should watch out, he doesn’t strike me as the forgive and forget type. Bet the gossip columnists can’t wait. As for cycling, we should have just about got over this when it all starts again !!!

  • PeterLB

    All right Hugh, no need to shout.

  • hugh anderson

    IM AMAZED THAT SOME PEOPLE THINK THIS IS A GOOD DAY FOR CYCLING,IT MIGHT BE CYCLINGS WORST HOUR.
    WE HAVE THE UCI WHO HAVE TO GO BACK FOR ANOTHER MEETING TO SEE WHO WILL GET THE YELLOW JERSEY,THAT OBVIOUS ANSWER SHOULD HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED TODAY,OR LIKE SOME OF THE INTERVIEWERS THEY HAVE NOT A CLUE.
    UCI SAYS THANKS TO ALL THE USADA INFORMANTS,OH THEY WILL JUST GET A 6 MONTH BAN,REALLY BRAVE OF THEM.
    WHY WERE NO QUESTIONS ASKED ABOUT THE UCI PAYING BACK THERE DONATION FROM LANCE,OR IS THAT ANOTHER UCI WE ABIDE BY OUR OWN RULES TIME.
    NO ONE ASKED THE QUESTION THAT A RABOBANK RIDER THIS WEEK HAS BEEN SUSPENDED,NOTHING TO DO WITH LANCE.ALL RIDERS SHOULD BE GIVEN A 2 YEAR BAN,OR IS IT UASADA THATS RUNNING CYCLING NOW AND NOT THE UCI.
    THS IS A DARK DAY FOR CYCLING,HAD IT BEEN A LESSER KNOWN CYCLIST ALOT OF THE PUBLIC WOULD EITHER NOT KNOW OR CARE,BUT BECAUSE ITS LANCE THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS,AND THE CYCLING COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD OF CYCLING HAS GOT THE WRONG KIND OF PUBLICITY.AND TO SAY LANCE HAS NO PLACE IN CYCLING IS A FARCE,WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE UCI IS GOING TO WELCOME BACK THE DOPERS WHO WERE CAUGHT.THEY HAVE NO PLACE EITHER IN CYCLING.TO BE HIPOCRITE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

  • James

    Well, one thing for certain is that Verbruggen must go

  • Richard Nuttall

    Sudden change in direction despite them confirming he had not failed any tests!! Self preservation maybe like the people who have provided the so called evidence. Take sides and get away with minimal penalty.The fact a cheat wins Olympic gold and the tour of Spain confirms cycling is a long way from being clean and needs new direction and leadership. The sport needs to look at bodybuilding. Two clear divisions, natural and non tested. If you compete natural and cheat your banned for life. If you want to use enhanced methods take option two. Change races to accommodate this. He was still the best in his era.

  • pm

    The whole thing stinks. Mr McQuaid wants to “thank everone who cooperated”, well that includes about a dozen ex dopers. Then he wants to “catch every damn one and throw them out”. Sounds as though they’re one and the same. This isn’t about one man, it’s about one sport, rotten from top to bottom.And yes, it’s Mr Mcquaid and his cohorts who should be asking themselves whether they have a place in cycling. Sadly my love of pro cycling today has wained and my trip to France next summer cancelled. I now have to explain this about turn to my daughter. Thanks.

  • John.

    For Sale. Trek 5.2 SL. Not as good as I thought it was, apparently.

    Sickend by the Lance Armstrong lie. Cheated to win, but cheated us fans of someone who deserved our admiration.

  • Robert

    I must say that McQuaid’s performance sickened me.

    OK, let’s be generous at this point and say that the UCI isn’t guilty of covering up any positive tests, in the sense of a test backed up by a B sample that would pass all legal challenges. However, the UCI have been very aggressive in their defence of Armstrong over the years, despite having had notice of at least 2 tests ‘indicating’ Armstrong’s use of Epo in 2001 and 2002; then in 2005 they were made aware of the fact that Epo had been found in his 1999 Tour samples, their response to this being the notorious Vrigman report which gave them an excuse to do nothing; then there is the way they accepted a pre-dated medical certificate when Armstrong tested positive for corticosteroids in 1999; the way they allowed him to make a comeback without undergoing the required period of pre-competition testing; then there was the fight to stop the USADA investigation progressing, the multiple statements made in defence of Armstrong over the years etc. etc. etc.

    In short had the UCI done their job properly Armstrong would have been busted as a doper back in 1999 and none of this mess might have come about. They are as responsible as he is and yet seem intent in pretending what was in the report was a big ‘shock’. What a joke when most of it had been public knowledge for years!

    And why didn’t the ‘journalists’ present (I use the term loosely) point out any of the above. Have their old habits re-established themselves already?

    The UCI seems to be very focused on stopping anyone from saying that they covered up positive tests by Armstrong. In reality this is a side issue: more pertinent is the fact that they had good evidence he was doping and yet they protected him for years. Someone with some balls needs to hammer this fact home. Let’s hope that Paul Kimmage is the man for the job.

  • Darryl

    Its probably Pat that has no place in cycling

  • Melissa Everton

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