Lance Armstrong stripped of all Tour de France titles

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The International Cycling Union announced Monday that it supports the decision to take Lance Armstrong out of the record books and ban him from the sport for life.

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and been banned from professional cycling, reports the New York Times.

"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten," President of the International Cycling Union Pat McQuaid said. "This is a landmark day for cycling."

McQuaid announced that the union will not appeal the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's condemnation of Armstrong and was "sickened" by the evidence presented in the 200-page report, according to NBC news.

Armstrong and his representatives have not commented, though in Augest the cyclist had argued against the charges, calling the process "one-sided and unfair", reports CNN.

The World Anti-Doping Agency will make the final decision on whether it will appeal the ruling within the next 21 days, according to the New York Times.

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