Advertisement

Tour de France against re-assigning Armstrong wins

Share this article

Photo: Christina Andrada
16:39 CEST+02:00
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said Friday he was against re-attributing disgraced US rider Lance Armstrong's seven victories in the world's most prestigious cycling race.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) this week said Armstrong was at the centre of the biggest doping programme in sporting history, as it produced more than 1,000 pages of testimony to support its decision to ban him for life in August.

"We cannot be indifferent to what USADA has unmasked this week, it's a damning picture that's been drawn," Prudhomme said.

"What we want is that there is no winner," Prudhomme said of the seven years between 1999 and 2005 when Armstrong was victorious in the gruelling annual race.

Evoking what he described as a "lost decade", the Tour organiser quoted the 19th century French poet, novelist and dramatist Victor Hugo: "Those who live are those who fight."

"It's one the difficulties that the current anti-doping battle has built for itself. Cycling, with the UCI (International Cycling Union governing body) as the lead in this battle, have been pioneers," said Prudhomme.

Story continues below…

"The biological passport, the number of tests and the increasingly efficient targetting means cheats are caught faster. We must continue down this route. There's no other way possible."

The USADA report could not have come at a worse time for Tour organisers as they prepare to unveil the route for the 100th edition next year.

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

How to get British healthcare no matter where you are

Navigating the health care system in another country can be tough, and even when it all works out, sometimes you just miss the comfort of the system back home. But there's a solution.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement