FILE - OCTOBER 10: According to reports October 10, 2012, Lance Armstrong has was a central player in a sophisticated cycling doping program. PARIS, FRANCE- JULY 25: Lance Armstrong of the USA riding for the US Postal Service team presented by Berry Floor, shows six fingers representing his six consecutive Tour de France victorys, before the start of Stage 20 of the Tour de France between Montereau and The Champs Elysees on July 25, 2004 in Paris, France.(Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images).

Paris - The seven Tour de France titles stripped from American cyclist Lance Armstrong should not be awarded to any other rider because the sport at that time was tainted by doping, race director Christian Prudhomme said on Friday.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has banned Armstrong for life and taken away his titles won between 1999 and 2005 after accusing him of being involved in an elaborate doping conspiracy.

“When you read the USADA report, you can't be indifferent,” Prudhomme told Reuters by telephone. “It depicts an era and a system which are forever soiled. The best solution is to say that there should be no (Tour) winner those years.”

Although the majority of Tour podium finishers at that time were implicated in doping scandals, Prudhomme believes that the sport has subsequently changed for the better.

“It is in that period that the fight against doping was built and made huge progress,” he said. “Today's cycling is different.”

The International Cycling Union (UCI) will decide whether to officially erase Armstrong's name from the Tour records. UCI president Pat McQuaid said on Friday the world governing body's lawyers would come up with a response to USADA's 1,000-page file within 21 days after its receipt. – Reuters