Lance Armstrong’s name is likely to be expunged from the results of the New York City and Boston marathons, in addition to the Tour de France.
Officials from both NYC and Boston races said they expect to follow decisions by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the International Cycling Union to ban Amstrong from competition and strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. However, both marathons are likely to wait until any appeals have taken place. Armstrong had been banned in late summer from running in the Chicago Marathon as well as the NYC race; those and the Boston race are governed by USA Track and Field rules.
“I anticipate the results will come out of our archives,” Mary Wittenberg, president and chief executive officer of the New York Road Runners (sponsor of the NYC Marathon), told Bloomberg Businessweek. “Lance doesn’t have a place in running because we will stick to the rules and support USADA.”
Boston Marathon officials also are waiting for any appeals to be exhausted before removing Armstrong’s name from its 2008 race finishers. “[T]here have been a great many developments on the matter of Mr. Armstrong over a rapid period of time. Perhaps there will be appeals,” Tom Grilk, executive dircector of the Boston Athletic Association, said in a statement to Runner’s World Newswire. “We have no way of knowing that. We will make every effort to be as thoughtful in our approach as the various governing bodies have been in theirs, and we will comply with the rules. Right now, it appears that the application of those rules will require expungement.”
Armstrong, who no longer describes himself as a “seven-time Tour de France winner” on his Twitter bio, competes in triathlons. The Half Full and SuperFrog triathlons have recently chosen to have Armstrong participate, passing up sanctioning by USA Triathlon.
Armstrong has denied doping, but gave up his fight against allegations in August.
Photos: Gallery of Armstrong’s career