Never before an athlete who was the face of a sport been told that they are banned for life, but Lance Armstrong, arguably the best cyclist in history, has become the first to be told he's no longer welcome.
Armstrong's monumental fall continued Monday as all seven of his Tour de France titles were stripped from him. Now, the man who brought cycling into the forefront in America will go down as the guy who cheated his way to the top instead of being the most celebrated cyclist in the country.
Josh Roeser is a member of the Crossniacs cycling team, and he explained that he worries the fall from grace could damage the sport he loves.
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"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," said the union's president, Pat McQuaid, announcing that Armstrong is also banned from the sport.
McQuaid, speaking at a news conference, said he does not believe cycling will ever be free from doping, because "I don't think in any aspect of society there are no cheats. I do believe that doping can be hugely reduced."
The decision followed this month's finding by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that there is "overwhelming" evidence Armstrong was involved in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."
Throughout it all, Armstrong has resolutely maintained his innocence.