Lance Armstrong stripped of prestigious BBC award
Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wanze, Belgium, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. (AP / Christophe Ena)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:22AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:29AM EST
LONDON -- Lance Armstrong has been stripped of a prestigious BBC award in the wake of the doping scandal that cost the American cyclist his seven Tour de France titles and smeared his reputation.
Armstrong won the British broadcaster's Overseas Sports Personality of the Year prize in 2003 after capturing his final Tour victory, but his name was absent from the list of previous winners in the program for the 2012 event.
The BBC says in a statement that it took the decision "following the UCI's decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles."
A U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report in October implicated Armstrong and his teams in a widespread drugs program, leading to him being banned from cycling for life.