Should Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France 'wins' be reinstated?

Opinion is split between the 25 surviving Tour de France champions on whether Lance Armstrong was winner of the Tour de France between 1999-2005

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong at the 2003 Tour de France (Watson)

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Respected Dutch journalist Raymond Kerckhoffs, the chief cycling writer of Dutch daily paper De Telegraaf, decided to ask the 25 surviving winners of the Tour de France if they thought that Lance Armstrong should be ‘given back’ the seven Tours  that the UCI and Wada stripped from the American following the publication in October 2012 of the USADA Reasoned Report.

Over a period of months, Kerkoffs contacted riders from Federico Bahamontes, winner of the 1958 Tour to Chris Froome, winner in 2013, canvassing opinion from former Tour winners on the prickly question of whether or not Armstrong’s name should be reinstated as the winner of the Tour between 1999 and 2005.

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