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This news comes after a rough week for Armstrong, who stepped down as chairman for his Livestrong charity and lost many of his sponsors, such as Nike, as a result. The International Cycling Union has reviewed the 200-page report the USADA submitted claiming Armstrong, 41, was involved in a doping scandal, and ruled against the acclaimed cyclist.
"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," UCI president Pat McQuaid said at a press conference in Geneva on Monday, via People.
The ruling determined that Armstrong, who continues to deny allegations, would be stripped of his seven awards and no longer be able to compete in cycling for the rest of his life. There will now be no winners of the Tour from 1999 to 2005, the years that Armstrong had won, and the UCI will determine in a meeting Friday whether he needs to return the prize money he received as well.
During an appearance in Austin at a Livestrong fundraiser on Sunday, Armstrong told the crowd, "I've been better, but I've been worse." That's a much more negative outlook than he had a month and a half ago.
"I thought in light of recent events I might reintroduce myself," Armstrong said in August after he announced he would no longer be fighting the USADA's doping charges. "My name is Lance Armstrong. I am a cancer survivor. I've been asked to come up here and talk about my story of survivorship. I'm a father of five. And yes, I won the Tour de France seven times. And for those who have no idea what I'm talking about, I love you."