Armstrong stripped of Tour titles

Updated: August 24, 2012

The US anti-doping agency banned Lance Armstrong for life on Friday and stripped him of the record seven Tour de France titles that helped him become an inspirational icon of US sports.

USADA branded Armstrong a dope cheat a day after the 40-year-old Texan said he wouldn’t pursue a bid to clear himself of charges that he used performance enhancing drugs to win cycling’s most prestigious race from 1999 to 2005.