Tour De France Race Director Says Lance Armstrong's Name To Remain In Record Books
Tour de France Race Dir CHRISTIAN PRUDHOMME said that cycling will not scrub drug cheat LANCE ARMSTRONG out of history, "but will leave his disgraced name in record books as a reminder for vigilance against doping," according to Iain Payten of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Prudhomme's view came Wednesday "as he insisted biological passports had radically cleaned up cycling since the dark Armstrong era." Prudhomme also encouraged the National Rugby League and other Australian sports to fight drugs with a similar "Big Brother" strategy. Prudhomme: "The biological passport has really changed everything." Though Armstrong has been stripped of his titles, Prudhomme said that "the years of the tarnished victories will still bear the American's name, albeit with a black line through the middle." Prudhomme: "You can't pretend he didn't exist. He did exist. If we forget it we will see it start again. We must remember Armstrong, and remember well." Asked if Armstrong's downfall was ultimately good or bad for the integrity of the Tour, Prudhomme said: "When people admit to something finally, it is always good. But it took a while" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 5/2).