Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/29/14

23 Jul 2000: The top 3 Riders in the Tour Jan Ullrich (left) of Germany and the Telekom team came second, Lance Armstrong (centre) of the USA and the US Postal team came first, and Joseba Beloki (right) of Spain and the Festina team came third all celebrate after the final Stage 21 between Paris and the Champs-Elysees during the 2000 Tour De France, France. \ Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport
Lance Armstrong is getting plenty of support from fellow riders. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life Friday after the American decided not to fight charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career. Former rival Filippo Simeoni tells The Associated Press from his home in Sezze, Italy, that ''it leaves me a bit perplexed, because someone like him, with all the fame and popularity and millions of dollars he has, should fight to the end if he's innocent.'' At the Spanish Vuelta, riders including former rival and teammate Alberto Contador joined ex-Armstrong coach Johan Bruyneel in offering support.
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