UCI confirms Armstrong ban, strips him of seven Tour titles

Pat McQuaid on Monday confirmed the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's lifetime ban of Lance Armstrong, saying he has no place in cycling

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GENEVA (AFP) — The UCI confirmed the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s sanction of Lance Armstrong on Monday, banning the former world champion for life and stripping him of his seven Tour de France titles.

“We will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and we will recognize the sanction that USADA has imposed,” McQuaid told a news conference in Geneva, saying he had been “sickened” by the revelations. “The UCI will strip him of his seven Tour de France wins. Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling… He deserves to be forgotten in cycling.”

McQuaid said that he had called a special management committee meeting for Friday October 26, at which time the committee will discuss how to treat Armstrong’s other results, whether to form a truth and reconciliation panel and other topics.

“We certainly have agreed that we take those seven titles from Lance Armstrong,” said McQuaid. “After that, we have to look at the rules and we’ll do that at the management meeting on Friday. It’s the UCI that decides that, not ASO.”

In its decision on the case, published Monday, the UCI announced it would erase all of Armstrong’s results dating back to August 1, 1998, and that the management committee would discuss the “sporting consequences” of the Texan’s disqualification.

McQuaid was defiant over questions regarding assertions by Floyd Landis and others that the UCI had accepted a $100,000 donation from Armstrong in 2002 in exchange for concealing a positive drugs test at the 2001 Tour de Suisse.

“There is no connection between the donation to the UCI and a test covered up, because there was no test to cover up,” said McQuaid, who added that the federation would accept donations from athletes in the future. “We would accept it differently and announce it differently than we did before.”

The media assembled in Geneva pressed the UCI president on this topic and he pointed to the federation’s limited funds compared with an organization like FIFA, the world governing body for soccer.

“We spend all of our money on the development of the sport,” said McQuaid. “Where we can get funds for the development of the sport we’ll do that.

“We didn’t know he had a suspicious test for EPO. Don’t try to make a connection between the donation
We accepted it because we used the money to improve the system to fight against doping.”

Agence France Presse contributed to this report.