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Lance Armstrong "must return Tour de France prize money"

  • Lance Armstrong has been told to repay his Tour de France winnings after being stripped of his seven titles by race director Christian Prudhomme.

    Earlier this week, the International Cycling Union (UCI) stripped Armstrong of his results since August 1, 1998 after ratifying a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report on him.

    On Tuesday, Prudhomme called the UCI's decision "totally logical", adding: "The UCI rules are clear. When a rider is disqualified, he must pay the prize money back."

    The UCI described Armstrong’s involvement as the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program sport has ever seen".

    Armstrong's career at the USPS/Discovery Channel pro cycling team involved doping from start to finish.

    More than a dozen former teammates and team employees confirmed a fraudulent course of conduct, stating Armstrong acted with the help doping doctors, drug smugglers and others within and outside the sport and his team.

    He controlled not only his own drug use but also the doping culture of the team.

    Armstrong has always denied the charges but gave up his fight in August.

    Earlier in the day deleted the references to his Tour de France wins on his Twitter biography. To his 3.38 million followers on the social networking site, Armstrong now states he is: "Raising my 5 kids. Fighting Cancer. Swim, bike, run and golf whenever I can."