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SBD Global/October 23, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Armstrong Banned For Life From Cycling; UCI Strips Him Of Seven Tour Titles
Published October 23, 2012
QUESTIONS REMAIN: In London, Brendan Gallagher wrote that "some big decisions will now be postponed until they are debated at a general committee meeting." Among them are "what will happen to the prize money, and will Armstrong be replaced for those seven years on the Tour de France podium." McQuaid also "dipped his toe" into what has been labelled the Sky/Garmin debate -- zero tolerance of past dopers after interview or complete integration after a full admission of past sins." McQuaid "appears to come down marginally in favour" of Gramin-Sharp cyclist David Millar and Manager Jonathan Vaghters. McQuaid: "It is possible that people who have made mistakes in the past can help the sport in the future" (TELEGRAPH, 10/22). Also in London, Simon Rice wrote that "while addressing the past, McQuaid was steadfast in his belief that cycling has a positive future." McQuaid: "My message to cycling, to our riders, to our sponsors and to our fans today is: cycling has a future" (INDEPENDENT, 10/22).
ANOTHER SPONSOR GONE: The PA reported that Armstrong lost the support of another major sponsor after Oakley severed its ties with the "disgraced cyclist." The brand confirmed in a statement it was ending its relationship with Armstrong. The statement read: "Based on UCI's decision and the overwhelming evidence that USADA presented, Oakley has severed its long-standing relationship with Lance Armstrong, effective immediately. We are deeply saddened by the outcome but look forward with hope to athletes and teams of the future who will rekindle that inspiration by racing clean, fair and honest. We believe the Livestrong Foundation has been a positive force in the lives of many affected by cancer and, at this time, Oakley will continue to support its noble goals" (PA, 10/22).