Lance Armstrong reportedly admits to using PEDs
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UNDATED (CBS) -- The International Cycling Union dealt Lance Armstrong a career-ending blow today deciding to take away his titles.
The International Cycling Union says Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling. President Pat McQuaid says, "UCI will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling and UCI will strip him of his seven Tour de France titles."
The decision backs up a ruling from the U-S Anti-Doping Agency - which accuses Armstrong of being involved in the most sophisticated and successful doping cover-up the sport has ever seen.
Investigators say he used performance enhancing drugs and dodged detection with blood transfusions. Armstrong denies ever doping arguing he passed hundreds of drug tests. He joined 4,000 cyclists over the weekend for a ride to fight cancer. Armstrong says, "People ask me a lot and I tell 'em, I've been better and I've also been worse."
The cancer survivor recently stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong charity and several cycling sponsors pulled their support.
The international cycling Union thanked Armstrong's former teammates who testified against him and said it is determined to keep the sport clean. McQuaid says, "We've come too far in the fight against doping to return to our past. Cycling has a future and something like this must never happen again."
The organization said it would not give Armstrong's victories to the runners-up because so many of those riders have been linked to doping as well.
Officials said there would simply be a hole in the record books.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has 3 weeks to decide whether it will appeal the ruling. The International Olympic Committee is also reviewing Armstrong's case and may strip him of the bronze medal he won at the 2000 games in Sydney.