Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/20/14

FRANCE - JULY 27: Tour de France 2003, 20. Etappe; Ville d'Avray - Paris; v.li.: Richard VIRENQUE/FRA - Quick Step Davitamon -, Lance ARMSTRONG/USA - US Postal -, Denis MENCHOV/RUS - Team Ibanesto - (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Thirteen years after he stood on the podium in Sydney, Lance Armstrong was stripped of his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics because of doping. The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday night asking him to return the medal, just as it said it planned to do last month. The decision was first reported Thursday by The Associated Press. The IOC executive board discussed revoking the medal in December, but delayed a decision until cycling's governing body notified Armstrong he had been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and all results since 1998. He then had 21 days to appeal. Now that the deadline has expired, the IOC decided to take the medal away. The letter to Armstrong was also sent to the U.S. Olympic Committee, which would collect the medal. ''Having had confirmation from UCI that Armstrong has not appealed the decision to disqualify him from Sydney, we have written to him to ask for the return of the bronze medal,'' IOC spokesman...

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