Cyclist Lance: Don't cry for me

Lance Armstrong said "nobody needs to cry for me" after the US Anti-Doping Agency wiped his seven Tour de France titles from the record books and imposed a lifetime ban from professional cycling.

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Armstrong's titles strip is 'unreal', says Spanish cyclist Escartin

Fernando Escartin came third in the 1999 Tour de France, behind Armstrong's lead Credit: Reuters/Gustau Nacarino

Retired Spanish cyclist Fernando Escartin expressed shock at Lance Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France wins.

The cyclist, who came third in the 1999 Tour de France race, told Reuters: "For me, Lance Armstrong remains the 1999 Tour winner, second Zulle and third, me.

"It's 13 years now since this all happened. It seems completely illogical and unreal. I don't want to even think about it."

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