Tour Would Vacate Titles If UCI Strips Armstrong

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PARIS (AP) - Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme says the race will have no winner if the International Cycling Union goes along with American officials' ruling to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven titles from 1999-2005.

Prudhomme says this week's U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report on Armstrong is "damning" and calls into question "a system and an era."

The cycling union, which governs the sport internationally, has less than three weeks to decide whether to appeal USADA's decision to ban Armstrong for life and erase his racing results.

In China on Friday, UCI President Pat McQuaid refused to comment on the USADA report, which offers the rationale for its ruling in the Armstrong case. The document portrays the cyclist as a doper who pressured teammates to also take performance-enhancing drugs.

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