Lance Armstrong used to be an American hero and looked upon as one of the greatest cyclists in the world. Now, he is going to lose his title as the seven-time Tour De France winner and his reputation could be tarnished forever.
Armstrong is not the first person accused of doping and he probably won't be the last as the sport has had a long history of illegal drugs that make the races and competition unfair. He joins nine other bikers that have had previous titles removed and their legacies tarnished.
Eddy Merckx, 1969 Giro d'Italia: One of the greatest cyclists of all time had a long history of doping that began at the 1969 Giro d'Italia, a race where he was leading. He was expelled from the race after testing positive for Reactivan. Today, Merckx is one of Armstrong's biggest supporters.
Floyd Landis, 2006 Tour de France: American cyclist Floyd Landis was the winner of the 2006 Tour de France. Four years later, he was stripped of his title after tests proved he was taking a massive amount of testosterone.
Alberto Contador, 2010 Tour de France: Alberto Contador represented Spain in the 2010 Tour de France, won the race, but was stripped after he received a two-year ban from the sport. Contador tested positive for clenbuterol.
Marco Pantani, 1999 Giro d'Italia: The Italian biker known as "The Pirate" was expelled from the 1999 race in his home country due to blood issues. He would never return to form again as a cyclist.
Tyler Hamilton, 2004 Summer Olympics: The USA gold-medal winner was stripped of his title after the Games due to doping charges.
Team Netherlands, 1972 Summer Olympics: The whole Netherlands biking team from the team time trial was stripped of their bronze medals after testing positive for drugs.
Jaime Huélamo, 1972 Summer Olmypics: Coramine was found in Huélamo's system after a drug test, and the cyclist was stripped of his bronze medal.
Jay Ullrich, 2005 Tour de France: Ullrich was the third-place finisher in 2005, but the title was recently stripped from him after a doping scandal. This was eight years after he had won the race in 1997.
Michele Scarponi, 2006 Operation Puerto: Involved in a large drug scandal, Michele Scarponi was suspended for a couple of years after admitting to doping.
Alan Donahue has written hundreds of sports articles, is a cycling hobbyist and has followed the sport for years.
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