Lance's ban to be ratified
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.