Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 8/24/12
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said on Thursday it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.  While the cyclists Armstrong beat have another chance to get his relinquished titles, it isn't going to be easy for organizers to sift through the the second and third--place finishers to find a deserving winner. All seven of the second and third place during Armstrong's reign have some sort of ties to doping in what is now being called the world's dirtiest sport. The USADA, in its zeal to clean up the sport, may be opening up a Pandora's Box of doping in cycling— a containing more dirt than any lid can cover. Here's a look at who else was on the podium in the seven Tours that Armstrong won from 1999-2005: 1999 No. 2 : Alex Zulle, Switzerland. His 1998 team, Festina, was ousted from the Tour that year in connection with the widespread use of the performance-enhancing drug EPO. Zulle later admitted to using the blood-booster over the four previous years.
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