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Lance has 21 days to appeal

2012-12-10 22:01

Paris - Lance Armstrong has been notified by the UCI that he has been stripped of all the titles he won after July 1998 and the American has three weeks to appeal, a spokesperson for cycling's world governing body said on Monday.

"Lance Armstrong's lawyer was notified on 6th December that all his results since 1st August 1998 were nullified. He has 21 days to appeal (from that date)," the International Cycling Union's Enrico Carpani told Reuters.

The 41-year-old Armstrong had his seven Tour de France victories scratched from the records and was banned from cycling for life in October after the UCI ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) sanctions against him.

USADA published a report that said the now-retired rider had been involved in the "most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said this month it would wait for the UCI to notify Armstrong that his titles were being taken away and give him the right to appeal before stripping him of his 2000 Sydney Olympics bronze medal.

"The IOC today will not move because we need to have the situation whereby the UCI notifies officially Mr Armstrong of the fact that he will be disqualified and declared ineligible and that he should hand over his medal," IOC President Jacques Rogge told reporters on December 5.

"When he will be notified Mr Armstrong will have 21 days to launch an appeal. It is only after that period that the IOC can legally take action."

Armstrong, who won the medal in the individual time trial, has repeatedly denied doping and never tested positive for drugs.

His accusers, however, said Armstrong - one of the world's most famous athletes who is also well known for his cancer-fighting charity work - was not only a willing participant, but the ringleader, ordering team-mates to cheat.

In addition to financial payments, e-mails and laboratory test results that the agency said proved the use of performance- enhancing drugs by Armstrong and the US Postal Service team, 26 people gave sworn testimony, including 11 former team-mates.

Reuters

Comments
  • vernon12345 - 2012-12-10 23:46

    It all comes out in the end. So sad Lance I really believed in u.

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-11 06:08

      He should come to SA. Here he will be welcomed with open arms. Will get s high profile job in the sports ministry

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-11 07:32

      Still no positive tests Only the word of less successful cyclists Conspiracy I believe lance

      pagel.trivia - 2012-12-11 07:52

      It was not only Lance that cheated - at the time just about EVERYONE did what they could get away with. I am holding my breath in anticipation of the witch-hunt that will now surely follow on all other cyclists from Lance's era - you know the guy that was 5th in the TDF in 2001 also cheated. That will send the message that doping in cycling will be eradicated and that this was not merely an attack aimed at Lance Armstrong. Until this is done I judge Lance Armstrong according to what he achieved in the era (read rules, doping tests etc.) in which he competed. Where he never tested positive.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-12-11 07:17

    Sad indeed yet I must say thanks Lance for the endless hours I spent watching your various battles. Note that those he did I battle with we're also doping. That makes Lance a champion in my book. Difficult one to call since it has been proven that doping WAS part of the sport.

  • thabzmadi - 2012-12-11 07:37

    Not his supporter but whats the use? he lived "the life" ...So are all the 2nd place finishers still around, how will it change their lives now that they will be declared winners years later??? Ayii.... Likewise, millions of people died before this year knowing this guy as cycling's greatest lol!!!

  • jawell - 2012-12-11 07:56

    Storm in a tea cup. Modern research shows that EPOs do nothing to improve performance in cyclists but this of course does not change what is currently classed as banned like margerine was a few years back.

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-12-11 08:22

    surely LA was tested at the olympics - tested and found to be negative - those are the only facts we have unless we want to question every medal ever awarded at the olympics - why target only LA what about every other athlete.......?

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