Paris: Lance Armstrong faces the prospect of losing his Legion of Honor medal after French officials announced on Monday that an inquiry will be opened following his admission that he doped during his Tour de France wins.
Armstrong was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 2005 in recognition of his seven consecutive Tour victories. The American admitted to doping during all of those wins and has been stripped of the titles.
"An inquiry will be opened to see if there is cause or not to take his Legion of Honor away from him," Francois Sourd, top aide to the head of the Legion of Honor, told The Associated Press by telephone. "Mr. Armstrong will shortly be made aware of the procedure," at which point he can "present his defense" if he chooses.