Lausanne, Switzerland – Lance Armstrong has been stripped of the bronze medal he won in the individual time trial at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee made the announcement Thursday, following the expiration of the appeal deadline. The actual decision to strip the medal came in December at the IOC Executive Board meeting after the United States Anti-Doping Agency disqualified all of Armstrong's results from 1998 onward as the result of an investigation that detailed the seven-time Tour de France champion's intricate doping ring.
"Following the recent decisions of USADA and the UCI regarding the competitive cycling results of Lance Armstrong, the IOC has disqualified Armstrong from the events in which he competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, namely, the men's individual road race, where he finished 13th, and the men's individual time trial, where he finished third and was awarded with a bronze medal and a certificate," the IOC said in a statement.
Armstrong, who had always denied the allegations, came clean this week an interview with Oprah Winfrey that was scheduled to air Thursday night.