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Lance Armstrong banned for life, career vacated

 FILE - In this July 9, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong prepares to take the start of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 227.5 ...
 FILE - In this July 24, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong crosses the finish line during the 19th stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an indivi...
 FILE - In this July 6, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wanze, ...
 FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011, file photo, Lance Armstrong pauses during an interview in Austin, Texas. Armstrong said on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, tha...
 FILE - This July 29, 2001 file photo shows Lance Armstrong riding past the Arc de Triomphe waving the Texas flag after he won the Tour de France cycl...
 FILE - This July 23, 2000 file photo shows Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong riding down the Champs Elysees with an American flag after the 21st ...
 FILE - This July 25, 1999,  file photo shows Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of the U.S. left, riding down the Champs Elysees avenue with teamm...
 FILE - This July 25, 1999 file photo shows Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong being kissed by his wife Kristin, left, and his mother Linda after t...

Armstrong Doping Cycling

FILE - In this July 9, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong prepares to take the start of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 227.5 ...

Armstrong Doping Cycling

FILE - In this July 24, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong crosses the finish line during the 19th stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an indivi...

Armstrong Doping Cycling

FILE - In this July 6, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wanze, ...

Armstrong Doping Cycling

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011, file photo, Lance Armstrong pauses during an interview in Austin, Texas. Armstrong said on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, tha...

Armstrong Doping Cycling

FILE - This July 29, 2001 file photo shows Lance Armstrong riding past the Arc de Triomphe waving the Texas flag after he won the Tour de France cycl...

Armstrong Doping Cycling

FILE - This July 23, 2000 file photo shows Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong riding down the Champs Elysees with an American flag after the 21st ...

Armstrong Doping Cycling

FILE - This July 25, 1999, file photo shows Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of the U.S. left, riding down the Champs Elysees avenue with teamm...

Armstrong Doping Cycling

FILE - This July 25, 1999 file photo shows Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong being kissed by his wife Kristin, left, and his mother Linda after t...

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong's career Friday _ including his record seven Tour de France titles _ and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances.
USADA said it expected cycling's governing body to take similar action, but the International Cycling Union was measured in its response, saying it first wanted a full explanation on why Armstrong should relinquish titles he won from 1999 through 2005.
The Amaury Sport Organization that runs the world's most prestigious cycling race said it would not comment until hearing from USADA and the UCI.
Armstrong, who retired a year ago, said Thursday that he would no longer challenge USADA. He denied again that he ever took banned substances in his career.


Updated : 2021-07-30 11:35 GMT+08:00