Monday, October 22, 2012

Lance Now Becomes "Shoeless Joe"

or "Titleless Tom," as the International Cycling Union had no choice but to formally strip him of his seven Tour de France "victories." The USADA report was so damning, so overwhelming in its evidence against the disgraced cyclist, that the charade could no longer be sustained.

With the formal stripping away of Armstrong's titles, Greg LeMond once again becomes the only American to win the Tour de France.

Once considered the greatest rider in Tour history, the American was cast out Monday by his sport, formally stripped of his seven titles and banned for life for his involvement in what U.S. sports authorities describe as a massive doping program that tainted all of his greatest triumphs.

"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling," said Pat McQuaid, the president said of the International Cycling Union. "This is a landmark day for cycling."

McQuaid announced that his group, known as UCI, accepted sanctions imposed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and would not appeal them to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. McQuaid said he was "sickened" by some of the evidence detailed by USADA in its 200-page report and hundreds of pages of supporting testimony and documents.

The condemnation by cycling's most senior official confirmed Armstrong's pariah status, after the UCI had backed Armstrong at times in trying to seize the doping investigation from USADA. McQuaid said the UCI endorsed a life ban for Armstrong after almost two weeks studying the American agency's evidence, and will meet Friday to discuss going after his 2000 Olympic bronze medal.

The years 1999-2005 will remain blank for winners, a permanent testament to a black period in cycling history.

Well, there's always politics, Lance.

This video clip from August where Lance interviewed with ESPN shows what a great politician he would make:

It's possible he's a sociopath, somebody without a conscience, but I don't know the guy, so I wouldn't go quite that far, at least not yet.

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