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UCI to reveal Armstrong verdict on Monday

ESPN staff
October 19, 2012
Oakley will decide whether to continue their sponsorship of Lance Armstrong after Monday's UCI announcement © Getty Images
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The UCI will announce its course of action in response to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) case against Lance Armstrong on Monday, the federation has revealed.

The international governing body of cycling had three weeks from the moment they were passed USADA's 'reasoned decision' to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him from elite sport for life, along with over 1000 pages of supporting evidence including the testimonies of 11 former team-mates.

That deadline expires on October 31, nine days beyond Monday's announcement, with the UCI eligible to appeal the USADA findings at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"On this occasion, UCI president Mr Pat McQuaid will inform on the UCI position concerning the USADA decision on the Amstrong case," read a short statement from the federation.

The announcement is also expected to end speculation about how the 1999-2005 editions of the Tour de France will be entered into the record books, should the UCI accept USADA's decision and remove Armstrong's name from the Tour de France roll of honour along with all other results achieved between 1998 and 2011.

It is not yet known if new riders will be awarded the seven Tour de France yellow jerseys retrospectively, or if the races will be declared void.

The announcement coincides with the news that Oakley are reviewing their sponsorship of Armstrong, with the extreme sport equipment brand set to take action following Monday's announcement.

"As guilty as the evidence shows [Armstrong to be], which we completely acknowledge, it is our promise and contractual obligation to stand by our athletes until proven guilty by the highest governing body of sport, or a court of law," Oakley said in a statement.

"We might be last off but we are not going to jump on the bandwagon as it breaks our promise to all of our athletes. We will wait for the UCI's conclusion and act at that time."

Nike, Anheuser Busch and Trek dropped Armstrong earlier this week.

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