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Lance Armstrong’s life ban from cycling, imposed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, has been upheld by the International Cycling Union – which also confirmed that he would be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Pat McQuaid also announced that the organisation would be looking at ways of ensuring that no similar doping scam could ever go undetected in the future.

Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union said: “The UCI wishes to begin the journey on the path forward today by confirming that it will not appeal to the court of arbitration for sport and that it will recognise the sanctions that USADA has imposed. UCI will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling and the UCI will strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling.”

The ruling could also have financial consequences. He could have to return money paid under various sponsorship deals and could also have to return $1 million which he accepted from the British weekly, The Sunday Times in an out-of-court settlement over doping allegations.

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