Lance Armstrong Stripped Off All His Seven ‘Tour De France’ Titles!
All the fans of Lance Armstrong are probably yelling ‘what the hell’, at the news of all the seven Tour De France titles he had won, being taken away from him. This was done in accordance with the instructions from the USADA, which also banned him from sports for life. The 41-year old Armstrong has basically been charged with using steroids as well as using blood boosters and transfusions to mask performance-enhancing substances in his system. In other words it means, all his titles that he has won, were won using performance enhancing drugs.
The International Cycling Union as it turns out, has accepted this verdict from the USADA. It means there is very little hope left for Armstrong to redeem himself, which again would have many yelling ‘what the hell’. His fans would still like to believe that he is innocent, but aspersions are being cast primarily because Armstrong somehow doesn’t seem to want to take on these allegations against him, head-on. It in fact feels as if, because he is guilty he is trying to run away from a thorough investigation into this matter. It is being suggested that, Armstrong take a lie-detector test or agree to any other test that is asked of him, just so he can clear his name.
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But, Armstrong unfortunately isn’t very forthcoming and has as a matter of fact, accepted the verdict against him. Fans will again yell ‘what the hell’ when they hear that, the UCI is considering conferring the titles stripped off Armstrong, to another deserving cyclist. Also, the prize monies won by Armstrong might be taken back from him. ”Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said at a press conference in Geneva, announcing the ruling against Armstrong.
It should give you an idea of the fact that, thanks to Armstrong’s evasive attitude about this whole issue, he is receiving support from no quarter. Turns out, Armstrong’s name too shall be erased from the record books of Tour De France, which would mean erasing his victories right from 1999 to 2005. His sponsors Anheuser-Busch and Nike too seem to have lost their faith in him, and have therefore let him go.
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