Lance Armstrong must pay back all Tour de France winnings

Lance Armstrong must pay back all Tour de France winnings

Paris : France | Oct 23, 2012 at 3:01 AM PDT
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Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de France race director, says that disgraced cyclist, Lance Armstrong, must pay back all the money that he won from his seven Tour de France victories.

The International Cycling Union has now acted on the Usada reort that detailed a drug and doping ring controlled by Armstrong over a number of years. In the light of the report the ICU has now stripped Armstrong of all titles he gained since 1 August 1981 including seven Tour de France victories.

Tour director Prudhomme is now calling for Armstrong to immeadiatly take steps to pay back all his winnings. Prudhomme said: "The UCI rules are clear. When a rider is disqualified, he must pay the prize money back."

The figure that Armstrong needs to pay back is estimated at around $1.5 million based on his winnings from 1999 to 2005.

Of course he will no doubt get to keep the multi-millions of dollars that came from sponsors on the back of his Tour wins. Most of his ongoing sponsorship deals have now been cancelled.

Armstrong has been quick to act himself in deleting references to his Tour wins from his twitter biography but he has not yet responded to the requests for him to pay back his Tour winnings.

In an astonshing statement the UCI has asked the world to 'forget' Armstrong. This won't happen any time soon but with aspertions being cast as to the UCI's own policing of drugs within the sport one can understand why they would want the whole sorry affair forgetting as soon as possible.

Prodhomme earlier said that his own wish would be that no winner be declared in the seven Tour de France races that Armstromg won.

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