Seven years after the seventh and last time he paraded the 'yellow jersey on the Champs Elysees in Paris,was officially stripped of his resume Monday of the Tour de France by the International Cycling Union (UCI).
The UCI, eager to move on to massive black years of doping within the peloton, retired seven Tour victories, Lance Armstrong, having considered the report of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which accused the Texan resort corridor to systematically ban substances.
Armstrong, now retired, had won the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005, but only seven years later was accused of doping by USADA, based largely on detailed testimony of eleven of his former teammates.
"Armstrong has no place in cycling," said the president of the UCI,of Ireland, in a press conference on Monday at a luxury hotel in Geneva, adding that on Friday will take a decision on reallocating or not top three of the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005.
Although management of the Tour de France has already expressed his desire not to appoint new winners for these seven Tours de France.
Previously, Pat McQuaid had described the day as "very important for cycling." This time, the Armstrong case is filed, from a sporting point of view at least.
"The UCI will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport" and will deprive Lance Armstrong of his seven victories in the Tour de France, said McQuaid, who became president of the agency in 2005, a few weeks after the last victory in Paris U.S.
The president of the UCI, "disgusted as a cyclist come from a family of cyclists" after reading the report of the USADA, however insisted on the fact that "I have no intention to resign" despite criticism of his federation.
"The UCI formally denies" positive controls covering up Lance Armstrong said the Irishman, rejecting the accusations against the agency by the Texan former teammate testimony regarding the 1999 Tour de France and the Tour of Switzerland in 2001.
With this verdict the UCI, settling "the most serious crisis that has faced cycling," in the words of McQuaid, the winner of the match is known Tygart-Armstrong.
Travis Tygart, the Floridian in front of her country's anti-doping agency, has won the pulse of the Texan, a personal friend of George W. Bush.
The UCI confirmed the sentences handed down in August by USADA suspended him for life and deprived of their results for most of his career.
The UCI presidents recalled that cyclists likeand , Armstrong’s fellow U.S. Postal, were "hunted", but if the 218 Texan riders are times when he examined were negative.
In this sense, McQuaid said that if Armstrong was able to circumvent the system, not just the responsibility of the International Cycling Union, but also of the AMA and all other anti-doping agencies accepted the results.
Armstrong, who is now 41, finally retired from professional cycling in early 2011.
In its 202 pages, accompanied by other testimony and studies 1000, published on October 10, USADA accused Armstrong of having "mounted the most sophisticated doping program in the history of the sport."
The hero survivor testicular cancer is officially in history as a cyclist doping with erythropoietin (EPO), blood transfusions and testosterone pills.
After having tried to end the research used in the civil courts earlier this year, calling for their right to a fair trial, Lance Armstrong had definitely given up on August 23. "Today, I turn the page," said exciclista on his Twitter account that has 3.7 million "followers".
Far from Geneva, at his home in Austin, Texas, or perhaps in his luxury chalet in Aspen, Colorado, Armstrong had not yet responded on Monday after the verdict of the UCI. And his Twitter account is dumb desder Oct. 17.
Dethroned King, Lance Armstrong runs the risk of being completely abandoned. Last week, three of his sponsors, including Nike, he left. And he had to get away from the presidency of his Livestrong cancer foundation.
Its processes for perjury might even take him to court for lying in the federal doping investigation was carried against him.
"I've been better, but worse," he said Sunday, with 4300 cyclists arrived in Austin for race fans for their association. In a speech of 90 seconds which was his last public appearance.