Lance Armstrong’s epic fall concluded with the loss of seven Tour de France titles, leaving cycling with a gaping hole in its record book and grasping for a way to move past a drug-tainted era. Lance Armstrong, pictured in 2005, has been banned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling… He deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), said in Geneva as he called the scandal “the biggest crisis” the sport had faced. In a highly anticipated announcement, seen by some as a key marker of the UCI’s determination to battle doping in the sport, the UCI backed the US Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to erase Armstrong’s entire career since August 1, 1998. It was the final blow to Armstrong’s increasingly fragile reputation as the cancer survivor who beat incredible odds to win cycling’s premier race every year from 1999-2005. Although Armstrong himself had gone to ground on Monday, a change on his Twitter profile hinted he had accepted his fate. The phrase “7-time Tour de France winner” evaporated from his @lancearmstrong profile, along with a reference to triathlon, in which he is also now banned from… Read full this story
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