Cycling’s governing body has stripped acclaimed cyclist Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and slapped the athlete with a lifetime ban from the sport. The historic move comes following years of whispers and a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which accused Armstrong of leading a massive doping program on his teams.
The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong’s name from the record books, effectively erasing his consecutive victories between 1999 and 2005.
UCI President Pat McQuaid said in a press conference Monday:
“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling. This is a landmark day for cycling.”