Last Chance For Lance Armstrong

Renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong who shot to fame by winning seven Tour de France titles after surviving testicular cancer still has time to prove that he is a champion. The governing body of cycling, UCI, has sent a formal notification to the Texan rider on December 6, 2012 that he had 21 days to appeal against the action of the governing body that invalidates his racing wins dating back to July 1998.

According to the cycling’s governing body, the lawyer of Armstrong was notified on December 6 that all his results since August 1, 1998 were nullified and he has 21 days from December 6 to appeal. The cyclist’s wins have been scratched from the records and he was handed a lifetime ban in October after the governing body of cycling ratified the “reasoned decision” in the report of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

This month, the International Olympic Committee said it will be waiting for the UCI to notify the 41-year-old cyclist that his titles will be taken away. The IOC will give him the right to appeal before it strips him of his 2000 Sydney Olympics bronze medal. IOC President Jacques Rogge said the International Olympic Committee will not move as we need to have the situation whereby the cycling’s governing body notifies Lance Armstrong officially of the fact that he will be disqualified and declared ineligible and that he would be expected to return back his Olympics medal. The IOC can legally take action after the 21st day, says Rogge.

The cyclist was accused of using cortisone during the Tour de France and offered a saddle sore explanation and said he didn’t consider skin cream as “taking something.” The UCI defended the cyclist by saying that he made the use of  the salve Cemalyt “to treat a skin allergy” and had presented a medical prescription to justify its use and added that after discussion with French authorities, we declare with the greatest firmness that this was a use authorized by the rules and does not therefore constitute doping. Thereafter, USA Cycling president Mike Plant said that the French authorities are conducting a “witch-hunt,” investigating the US Postal team and Lance Armstrong “before the facts have been checked out.” The cyclist’s coach, Chris Carmichael, said Lance is not worried because he knows that neither he, nor his teammates, have anything to reproach themselves for.

On the other hand, the US Postal team’s management company Disson Furst and Partners, the general manager of the team, Mark Gorski, issued a statement that firmly denied that any of US Postal’s riders used Actovegin in the 2000 Tour de France but said Actovegin was present in the medical supplies of team for other reasons. Triple Tour winner and twice world champion Greg Lemond reacted at that time by saying the UCI and IOC need to work together to avoid conflicts of interest and control irregularities, corruption, and bribes around doping. Armstrong claimed that the USADA allegedly made deals with other riders that circumvent their own rules as long as they said he cheated and said he played by the rules that were put in place by the UCI, WADA, and USADA when he raced.

Last Chance for Lance Armstrong

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