Lance Armstrong expunged his Tour de France victories himself Monday, deleting them from his Twitter bio hours after the International Cycling Union banned him for life and stripped him of his seven French victories.
Armstrong’s Twitter bio now reads:
“Raising my five kids. Fighting Cancer. Swim, bike, run and golf whenever I can.”
His profile previously read:
“Father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour de France winner, full time cancer fighter, part time triathlete.”
Armstrong has always denied doping, but dropped his fight against allegations in August. Since then, he has said little on the USADA report that led to UCI’s decision, addressing the matter only over the weekend at a 15th-anniversary celebration of his cancer charity, Livestrong, and on Twitter, where he has nearly 4 million followers and tweets frequently. In his first public appearance over the weekend, Armstrong, who has stepped down as the head of Livestrong and lost his endorsement deals, he said that he’s been asked frequently how he’s doing.
“I say, ‘I’ve been better, but I’ve also been worse,’” he said.
On Monday, the UCI concurred with USADA, bringing to an end the reign of cycling’s most celebrated rider.
“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” UCI President Pat McQuaid said. “Make no mistake, it’s a catastrophe for him, and he has to face up to that.”
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