Lance Armstrong case: Wiggins upgraded to Tour de France podium

The 2012 winner can now add “2009 third place” to his career CV.

Wiggins, left, and Lance Armstrong.
Wiggins, left, and Lance Armstrong.
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BRADLEY WIGGINS HAS been awarded a podium finish at the 2009 Tour de France after Lance Armstrong’s disqualification.

Armstrong had his seven straight wins at the Tour – from 1999 to 2005 – stripped by the International Cycling Union (UCI), who ratified the sanctions recommended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

While the disgraced cyclist’s victories will not be reallocated, his results from his comeback years in 2009 and 2010 have been.

It means Wiggins – winner of the famous race this year – placed third behind Spaniard Alberto Contador and Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck in 2009.

The Team Sky rider became the first Briton to win the Tour de France with his victory ahead of team-mate Chris Froome in July.

USADA said Armstrong had led ‘the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen’. The UCI confirmed the stripping of Armstrong’s titles and a lifetime ban from the sport on 22 October.

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