Lance Armstrong loses "key to the city" of Adelaide

  • AP, Adelaide
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  • Updated: Oct 31, 2012 07:17 IST

Lance Armstrong listens at the World Cancer Congress in Montreal Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes

The Australian city of Adelaide has stripped Lance Armstrong of its highest honor "the key to the city" following the removal of his seven Tour de France titles.

Adelaide had a small but important part in Armstrong's career. The Tour Down Under, based in the city, was the first event he contested when he made a comeback to professional cycling in 2009, and his third appearance in the race in 2011 was also his last on cycling's ProTour.

Adelaide city councilors voted 6-1 on Tuesday to strip Armstrong of the key to the city, making him the first of 33 recipients to
have the honor withdrawn.

The US Anti-Doping Agency recently reported extensive evidence that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his tour victories.


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