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Lance's best TDF finish - 36th

2012-10-22 15:13

Geneva - Lance Armstrong's best finish on the Tour de France will now go down as 36th place after he was stripped of all results since 1998 following a "landmark" decision by world cycling chiefs on Monday.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) backed a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decision to erase the rider's entire career after August 1998, as president Pat McQuaid called the scandal "the biggest crisis" the sport had ever faced.

In a statement confirming its intention to "recognise and implement the reasoned decision of USADA", the UCI said Armstrong would strip Armstrong of virtually every result he had achieved.

"The UCI will disqualify all competitive results achieved by Mr Armstrong from August 1, 1998 thereon..." the UCI said in a statement.

"We will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and we will recognise the sanction that USADA has imposed."

Earlier this month the US body released a devastating dossier on Armstrong, detailing over 202 pages and with more than 1 000 pages of supporting testimony how he was at the heart of the biggest doping programme in the history of sport.

Armstrong finished 36th overall in the world's biggest bike race in 1995 but was diagnosed with cancer the following year.

He began his seven-year reign over the race in 1999, a year after he had been given the all-clear to compete again by doctors.

AFP

Comments
  • tang.willemse - 2012-10-22 15:31

    Hierdie "sensational" Lance Armstrong artikels raak nou fikken vervelig!

  • bruce.williams.1044186 - 2012-10-22 15:50

    That's a bit of a change. I still feel for all the people who he cheated rather than him. His foundation will definitely suffer and he will be sorted for life. Should be the other way around.

      ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-10-23 07:43

      Hey we all like to think that this ou is innocent, but he is a bloody cheat......like Hansie he is a crook and should be treated as such.

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-10-22 15:53

    Is the evidence in terms of the reports from fellow riders etc accessible by the public? I'm so disappointed by this decision. It seems to me that this is still all hearsay if after all these years they still have no proof. Whether he doped or not - and if he did, considering most of others on the tour did too, he still beat them, and he is a pleasure to watch race. Live Strong!

      colleen.balfour - 2012-10-22 16:11

      Absolutely! If they were all doing 'performance enhancements' then he was competing in a very level playing field and still managed to beat them all. No amount of drugs or enhancements will ever miraculously turn anyone into a winner. It takes strength of mind to do that and he has it in bucketloads.

      dewalds3 - 2012-10-22 16:15

      I agree 100%. there must be some real PROOF. The tests get better and they do retain old samples - surely they wil find something if it is there? Without physical proof it is just one man's word against the other.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-10-22 16:16

      GEEEEEZZZ Rohin what part of beating the system don't you understand. How can you still worship this cheating scumbag who hasn't even got the balls to come clean. I mean at least Hansie manned up and took his punishment like a MAN. Do you think the foundation would have raised all that money had he not cheated his way to 7 "wins". No I say the next step is to jail this FRAUD and reclaim every cent of sponsorship and prize money he ever won. Let that be an example to the next generation of cyclists that cheating does not pay - now if his groupies would give it a rest already................................

      gary.sales.5 - 2012-10-22 16:31

      i agree,others also cheated to win but he won,sounds like sour grapes to me

      lisa.a.bradshaw - 2012-10-22 21:56

      I agree...this is rediculous..how come the doping agency hid it for so long...if results where positive and someone hid them...where are those responsable..Hang on to pictures of Lance in a yellow jersey..you can't take those away...I don't condon doping but this fiasco makes a mockery of all doping tests ever done!!

      leon.nel.52 - 2012-10-23 07:41

      Do you even know what hearsay is. I suggest you look it before making any further comments.

      ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-10-23 07:47

      You cannot idolize a cheat. You cannot say others did it too so its ok. HE IS A CHEAT the USADA will not take the type of action against him if the evidence was not compelling enough.....Like Hansie he has broken the hearts of millions but he is still a CHEAT!!!!!!!!!

  • robert.nichol.52 - 2012-10-22 16:00

    This website is starting to remind me of the 'Heat' magazine. Posting very sloppy articles and trying to grab people’s attention with retarded headlines. Maybe you under estimate the intelligence of your readers?? We want facts and meaningful articles!! Do you think we care that Lance's new best finish was 36th?? FYI, we don't!! How many times has he been tested positive? Are the people accusing him credible witnesses? These are all questions I actually want to know answers to!!

  • colleen.balfour - 2012-10-22 16:07

    Lance Armstrong and all those major cyclists who have had their careers ruined by this travesty, should band together and start their own independant cycling race/s independent of the current powers that be, and in competition to TDF and other races. I predict they would have a big following and plenty of entrants.

      fazlurahman.ahmed - 2012-10-22 22:48

      They can then call it Tour de Dope!

      Eduannn - 2012-10-23 01:33

      Yes - i agree fully - I still say they will not land a man on Mars unless he is one of those who used 'doping' - this is again a prime example of some individuals amongst billions who went the extra distance and became scapegoats because of inferior jealousy. These are the forerunners of the future 'man' - compare them to the sixties test pilots who became aeronautical space heroes. But again - the 'system' beats the individual - so predictable in modern times! The System is at fault.

  • marius.croucamp.3 - 2012-10-22 16:25

    I will never ever wath the Tour de France again!

  • alfred.killian - 2012-10-22 17:11

    Geen meer geel truie vir hom nie, maar dalk wel n geel kaart.(vuilspel)

  • adriaan.olivier.589 - 2012-10-22 22:40

    The powers that be in cycling are just ridiculous, they must choose one path or the other and go with it 100%....if they erase armstrong's career they must just erase the careers of all the other cyclists as well in that generation who were all dopers and forget about that part in history, or they should accept everyone doped and just leave all the results as they were (even contador etc.) since it was their own fault for not policing the sport correctly (most dopers including armstrong havent even been caught by the dope test system) and then start fresh with new tests and procedures in place to ensure EVERYONE is clean. Then when people want to compare the present results with past results we can all just mention as excuse for the slower times "yes but remember in those days the guys all used performance enhancing drugs" and stop fussing about who cheated who, and who should now be named the new "winners" until they are ALSO eventually exposed as cheaters until we finallyyyyy get to crown the guy who finished last in who knows what year as the winner, and the record writers' fingers are down to the bone, for what purpose, the entire situation is such a joke!

  • punungwe - 2012-10-22 22:58

    The higher you go, the harder you fall.

  • ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-10-23 07:54

    Its a sad day for cycling but what is even sadder is that many comments are made in his favour. Gerald Majola paid himself and others bonuses and gets lambasted as a thief and some called for him to be jailed when he just did what some others did a few years earlier, Bacher and company. Is it a race thing that so many will call for the head of Majola but wants a reprieve for Armstrong? Hansie was a crook who sold out our nation and yet people still see him as a hero but Azharudin, Malik, Jadeja, etc are still outcasts. I agree with tang.willemse stop sensastionalising this crook and lets look at the real issues in sport and try to fix it.

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