Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong confirmed on Thursday that he has returned the Olympic bronze medal he won in the road time trial at the Sydney Games in 2000.

Stripped of the medal by the IOC after his January confession of years of illegal drug doping, the race results were declared void and the American was asked to return his medal. 

And on Friday Armstrong tweeted that he had done just that, also including a photograph of the medal.

"The 2000 Bronze is back in possession of @usolympics and will be in Switzerland asap to @olympics," the tweet read. 

The cyclist's admission to cheating continues to have severe consequences for the once universally revered Armstrong.

The 41-year-old was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins last year and as with those, his Olympic medal will not be reallocated to anyone else.

Just days ago, the newly elected president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, had requested the return of the medal. 

"We will continue to work with the United States Olympic Committee to get this medal back as requested in our decision," Bach said.

"This (the IOC's January) decision has been communicated to Mr Armstrong and the USOC. This decision has not been appealed neither by Mr Armstrong, nor by the USOC and what we are lacking, sadly, is getting back the medal. Legally the case for the IOC is closed."

United States Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky confirmed receipt of 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," he said.

"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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