Lance Armstrong’s competition results will be erased from the record books of every event sanctioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The cyclist also will forfeit results in other events and sports that follow the code of the Montreal-based agency after his record seven Tour de France titles were stripped by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Oct. 10, Annie Skinner, a spokeswoman for USADA, said in an e-mail.
Armstrong, a 41-year-old American who has denied doping and said he never failed a drug test, opted not to challenge USADA allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career, leading the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based agency to ban him for life. Two days ago, the International Cycling Union said it would not appeal USADA’s ruling.
“Armstrong was aware that, by choosing to not contest the charges, the sanction would include the loss of results as a result of his doping in any sport that is a signatory to the code,” Skinner said in an e-mail.
Mary Wittenberg, whose New York Road Runners organizes the New York City Marathon, said two days ago that Armstrong’s results probably would be removed from the race’s archives.
“Lance doesn’t have a place in running because we will stick to the rules and support USADA,” Wittenberg, president and chief executive officer of NYRR, said in an interview.
Armstrong finished the 2006 NYC Marathon in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 36 seconds and shaved almost 13 minutes off that result with a time of 2:46:43 the following year for 214th place among men.
Other sanctioned event results that he’ll lose include the Boston Marathon, which he ran in 2008; Ironman triathlon performances; and a career full of cycling races.