No names will appear on the Tour de France winners list between 1999 and 2005 after Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, decided not to reallocate disgraced rider Lance Armstrong’s titles.
Armstrong was officially stripped of his seven Tour titles on Monday when the UCI ratified the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to ban the Texan for life and nullify his results from August 1998 onward.
The 41-year-old was accused by USADA of cheating his way to the top of the sport and playing a central role in the “most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen” whilst riding for the US Postal Team.
The decision not to reallocate the titles was widely expected as so many riders finishing behind the American during that period have also been associated with doping offences.
Armstrong is also expected to give back all prize money won during this seven-year period which could amount to almost three million euros.