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1:08 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Pot Holes in Lance Armstrong's Road to Redemption: Tour de France Snub, Olympic Title Strip

The Tour of France is celebrating the 100th edition of the race this year. Around 500 former riders who finished the race are invited for the occasion and are expected to be at the finish line on the Champs-Elysees.

But Lance Armstrong probably won't be there.

Due to the doping scandal, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme told the Associated Press, it would be "out of place" to send Armstrong an invitation to the 2013 centenary celebration.

And there's more bad news for Armstrong today: the International Olympic Committee has stripped the former cyclist of his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He earned the medal two months after winning his second Tour de France title.

The IOC sent Armstrong a formal letter asking him to return the medal.

The International Olympic Committee says its executive board actually made the decision to strip Armstrong of his Olympic finishes back in December but he had the chance to appeal before the decision was finalized. He didn't appeal.