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No rider should inherit Armstrong's titles: Tour director

Published on Oct 12, 2012 10:32 PM
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong awaits the start of the 2010 Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Cape Town, in this file picture taken on March 14, 2010. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - The seven Tour de France titles stripped from American cyclist Lance Armstrong should not be awarded to any other rider because the sport at that time was tainted by doping, race director Christian Prudhomme said on Friday.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) has banned Mr Armstrong for life and taken away his titles won between 1999 and 2005 after accusing him of being involved in an elaborate doping conspiracy.

"When you read the Usada report, you can't be indifferent," Mr Prudhomme told Reuters by telephone. "It depicts an era and a system which are forever soiled. The best solution is to say that there should be no (Tour) winner those years."

Although the majority of Tour podium finishers at that time were implicated in doping scandals, Mr Prudhomme believes that the sport has subsequently changed for the better.

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