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Lance Armstrong returns Olympic bronze medal

The disgraced former Tour legend has yet more room on his mantlepiece today.

Lance Armstrong: returned medal to US officials.
Lance Armstrong: returned medal to US officials.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

DISGRACED FORMER CYCLIST Lance Armstrong has handed back the Olympic bronze medal he won in Sydney in 2000.

The International Olympic Committee stripped Armstrong of the road time-trial bronze he won in Sydney at the start of this year, following the American’s admission he had doped throughout his career.

And Armstrong confirmed on Twitter on Thursday that he has sent the bronze medal to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

“The 2000 Bronze is back in possession of @usolympics and will be in Switzerland asap to @olympics,” Armstrong tweeted.

USOC’s communications chief Patrick Sandusky later confirmed his organisation had received the medal.

“I can confirm that the United States Olympic Committee has received the bronze medal awarded to Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney,” Sandusky tweeted.

“The International Olympic Committee and the USOC had previously requested that the medal be returned.

“The USOC has made arrangements to return the medal to the IOC.”

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