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Sat Apr 19 14:00:39 SAST 2014

Lance's ban to be ratified

Reuters | 25 September, 2012 07:020 Comments
Lance Armstrong Cycles In Durango, Mexico And Leads The 15th Annual Durango To Mazatlan Ride
Lance Armstrong cycles in Durango, Mexico and leads the 15th Annual Durango to Mazatlan ride on September 21, 2012 in Durango, Mexico
Image by: Jesse Grant / WireImage

THE US Anti-Doping Agency will send Lance Armstrong's file to cycling's world governing body this week to get the rider's life ban ratified.

Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles last month and handed a lifetime ban by the agency after he said that he would not challenge charges that he had taken dope throughout his career.

Armstrong has always denied that he took drugs.

The Anti-Doping Agency sanction must be confirmed by the International Cycling Union.

The union said earlier this month that it had no intention of appealing the agency's decision.

"... unless the [agency's] decision and case file give serious reasons to do otherwise, the union has no intention of appealing or not recognising the agency's sanctions on Lance Armstrong," union president Pat McQuaid said.

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