AEST 00:00, Tue Oct 23 2012
Lance Armstrong's fate was sealed when cycling's world governing body decided to back a life ban for doping and strip him of his record seven Tour de France titles.
The decision to erase the rider's entire career after August 1998 ended what some have labelled "the biggest crisis" the sport has faced.
The world's most famous cyclist could still face further sports sanctions and legal challenges and may also be stripped of his Olympic bronze medal from the Sydney Games. (AAP Images)
Armstrong's cycling career had been tainted by doping claims for years.