Lance Armstrong, in the eye of the doping storm, has been stripped of all seven Tour de France titles and banned for life, following the US Anti-Doping Agency USADA (USADA) report. The decision clears the decks for removing Armstrong's name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005. USADA had recommended that Armstrong be banned and stripped of his Tour titles for the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping programme ever in sports.
The report says that Armstrong and his teams used steroids, the blood booster EPO and blood transfusions. He stepped down last week as chairman of Livestrong, the cancer charity he had founded 15 years ago after surviving testicular cancer. His astonishing return from life-threatening illness to the summit of cycling made an inspiring story that went beyond the sport.
The champion cyclist could still face further sanctions and legal challenges. Armstrong could also lose his 2000 Olympic trial bronze medal and may have to fight civil lawsuits from ex-sponsors.