Posted: 22 October, 2012
by Triple M
Lance Armstrong Should Be Forgotten, Says UCI Boss After Agreeing Former Cyclist Is A Drug Cheat
Cycling's governing body says we should all just 'forget' Lance Armstrong now.
Cycling's governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), has ratified USADA's to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life.
UCI President Pat McQuaid said there is no place in cycling for Armstrong, and as such he 'deserves to be forgotten in cycling'.
McQuaid says the UCI accepted the US Anti-Doping Agency's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The UCI will meet later in the week to discuss the wider ramifications of the decision to agree with USADA that Armstrong is a drug cheat.
Armstrong has always maintained he is not a drug cheat.
McQuaid admits the sport of cycling is in crisis but he maintains it has a future and the body will try to reduce the drug cheating.
Meanwhile, the UCI denies that it ever covered up a test in return for donations from Armstrong to the sport's governing body.
Last Week On Triple M
The Grill Team spoke to Lance Armstrong's ex team-mate, who says they took drugs together.
Tyler Hamilton and Lance Armstrong were team-mates for four years, three of which Tyler says were fun. The last year got very dark.
Maybe it's because the last time Tyler Hamilton saw Lance Armstrong, unkind words were spoken...but Tyler did not hesitate to reveal the side of Lance that, until recently, none of us could imagine.
Lance still hasn't commented on the corruption, but Tyler insists that "the testing has come a long way".
"Back then, we were two steps ahead of the tests...it was pretty corrupt," Hamilton told Triple M's Grill Team.
The cyclist says he's embarrassed to admit it now, but he avoided some drug tests, and also admitted "(Lance and I) took testosterone, EPO and took one blood transfusion together...it was definitely part of his program, taking drugs, and part of mine at the time too".
Tyler says "now the culture has changed a lot, for the better. It still goes on to a degree, but not as much".
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EARLIER: Lance Armstrong is stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity.
The move comes after Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour De France titles and banned for life from cycling.
Armstrong was not paid a wage as chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation but will remain on its 15-member board. His duties, and many public appearances, will be turned over to vice chairman Jeff Garvey.
The US Anti-Doping Agency last week released a massive report detailing allegations of widespread doping by Armstrong and his teams when he won the Tour.
The report contained sworn statements from 26 witnesses, including 11 of Armstrong's former teammates.
"This organisation, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart," Armstrong said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. "Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship."
One of Armstrong's major corporate partners, Nike, has now ended its contract with the former cyclist.
"Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness we have terminated our contract with him," said Nike in a statement.
"Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner. Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer."
In recent days, Nike has had to issue a denial to a claim that it paid $500,000 for a failed drugs test from Lance Armstrong to be covered up.
"Nike vehemently denies that it paid former UCI president Hein Verbruggen $500,000 to cover up a positive drug test," a statement from Nike said.