Oakley Drop Lance Armstrong after UCI Decide Against Challenging Doping Report

By Community | October 22, 2012

Lance Armstrong is in dire straits after Oakley was added to the list of sponsors who have left the American after cycling’s governing body stripped him of his Tour de France titles and banned him for life following doping allegations on Monday

The President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) Pat McQuaid today said that they will not challenge the report by the USADA (the United States Anti-Doping Agency) regarding Lance Armstrong’s alleged doping throughout his career. 

In an impassioned press conference, McQuaid said that there is “no place for Armstrong in cycling” and that “he deserves to be forgotten.” The shocking revelations have led to a number of high-profile sponsors cutting their ties with the cycling star

The wave of sponsors dropping Armstrong crested last week, around the same time Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer charity.

Oakley said in a statement: “Based on UCI’s decision today and the overwhelming evidence that USADApresented, Oakley has severed its longstanding relationship with Lance Armstrong, effective immediately.

“When Lance joined our family many years ago, he was a symbol of possibility. We are deeply saddened by the outcome, but look forward with hope to athletes and teams of the future who will rekindle that inspiration by racing clean, fair and honest.

“We believe the LIVESTRONG Foundation has been a positive force in the lives of many affected by cancer and, at this time, Oakley will continue to support its noble goals.

Other sponsors that have dropped Armstrong include Nike, Trek Bicycles, Anheuser-Busch, 24 Hour Fitness and Honey Stinger.

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