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Lance to 'clean up cycling'

2013-01-26 07:50

Austin - An attorney for Lance Armstrong told the US Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will co-operate with efforts to "clean up cycling," though it's the sport's governing body and world anti-doping officials who should take the lead.

In letters sent this week between attorneys for Armstrong and USADA, and obtained by The Associated Press, USADA attorney William Bock requested Armstrong testify under oath by 6 February, but the cyclist's attorney, Tim Herman, responds that Armstrong cannot accommodate that schedule.

Last week, Armstrong admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.

Herman's letter said Armstrong intends to appear before the International Cycling Union's planned "truth and reconciliation" commission.

Herman says the cycling union and the World Anti-Doping Agency should take the lead in cleaning up the sport.

"As you have candidly confirmed, USADA has no authority to investigate, prosecute or otherwise involve itself with the other 95 percent of cycling competitors. Thus, in order to achieve the goal of 'cleaning up cycling,' it must be WADA and the UCI who have overall authority to do so."

The letter from USADA also confirms a 14 December meeting in Denver between Bock, USADA CEO Travis Tygart, Herman and Armstrong.

"Mr. Armstrong has already been provided well over a month since our meeting in December to consider whether he is going to be part of our ongoing efforts to clean up the sport of cycling," Tygart said in a statement. "He has been given a deadline of February 6th to determine whether he plans to come in and be part of the solution. Either way, USADA is moving forward with our investigation on behalf of clean athletes."

Armstrong has been banned for life and, in his interview with Oprah Winfrey last week, said he would like to compete again.

Bock's letter does not mention the ban, though Armstrong's full cooperation could lead to a reduction, perhaps to eight years, which would allow Armstrong to compete in 2020, when he'll be 49.

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Comments
  • melusi.myaluza - 2013-01-26 08:08

    Really? Pigs will fly!

      Delene Labuschagne - 2013-01-26 08:34

      huh??? what does 'pigs will fly' mean,,,,maybe im dumb!!! but at least complete the sentence or elaborate so ppl understand the comment,,,,

      jeffery.stokes - 2013-01-26 08:42

      look at this cheat trying to play the part of the hero that’s going to clean up the game. Lance f off and go back to the hole you came from. All the other cheats on his team told USADA how it was done. What more is he going to bring to the party. This is just a publicity stunt by Armstrong’s publicists.

      newelld - 2013-01-26 08:54

      @Delene you can't tell me you've never heard that saying... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_pig

      melusi.myaluza - 2013-01-26 12:23

      @Delene u really are dumb......

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-26 21:10

      ha! ha! ha! ha! what a joke...................jail the narcissistic scumbag already

  • cliff.slabbert - 2013-01-26 08:15

    Oh really? Just like Zuma trying to "clean up corruption".

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-01-26 12:35

      I'd like to congratulate Lance, by finding another means of making money out of cycling. He's going against his own standing, by trying to make it an honest and honorable sport, something which he personally doesn't believe in.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-26 08:24

    . This rubbish, will do ANTHING for money !!!!!

  • Annelien Jones - 2013-01-26 08:26

    ag it makes me think of all the criminals in jail studying to become pastors!

  • Delene Labuschagne - 2013-01-26 08:38

    jip Annelien dit was my gedagte ook,,hulle wil nou innie land vanni blindes een oog koning maak,, bloomin wolf in skaapsklere,,,

  • an.a.969 - 2013-01-26 08:41

    ...And the Wolf becomes Shepard.

  • carollynne.roos - 2013-01-26 08:53

    Why must everyone always be so cynical? Whatever his motives, if he can use his disgrace do some good for the sport, why not? 'Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future' we have worse criminals running our country, commiting fraud on an ongoing basis.

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-01-26 12:40

      I'm always amused when we condone someones actions because "we have worse criminals running our country, committing fraud on an ongoing basis". So what, I'm happy to condemn all those committing fraud, be it in running this country or in sport.

  • gray.braatvedt - 2013-01-26 08:54

    Misleading headline. Armstrong is considering cooperating with an investigation into doping in cycling. He is not, by any stretch of the imagination leading the cause.

      art.brigg - 2013-01-26 16:46

      Yeah, in his druggy friends circles it's called "being a rat".

  • raschid.appoles - 2013-01-26 09:02

    Lance, take acknowledge your guilt rather than trying to deflect attention. Ur banning is well justified

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-26 09:12

    Rashid, if so and I'm not disputing it, to be fair, they should ban all doping athletes in which case we would see the end of sport. Lance is no more guilty than all others including doctors, officials. Team managers etc. slap Lance with a years ban and let us enjoy seen an enormously talented sportsman with drugs or no drugs

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-26 20:07

      Oh dear arthur you are so wrong that it makes me sad

      Jakes71 - 2013-01-27 09:30

      Agree!!!

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2013-01-26 09:13

    The headline is missing a question mark. This is his opportunity to try and redeem himself and effect a positive out of the saga and he can't make up his mind? He was never sorry, just sorry he got caught!

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2013-01-26 09:15

    Is he going to "help" those that he has trashed as well? Whatever he's going to do should not lead to the lifting of his lifetime ban!

  • Jakes71 - 2013-01-26 09:44

    I'm impressed with what Lance did. When I was on drugs, I couldn't even find my bicycle!!!! :)

      joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-26 09:47

      Lol. I enjoyed that..... And now the Hero is going to shaft his buddies!

  • margo.vorster - 2013-01-26 09:55

    Jakes - lol! :-)

  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-01-26 10:00

    All I care about is which Hollywood hunk is gonna play LA in the upcoming movie?Bradley Cooper, Matthew McConaughey or Ryan Gosling??Matt Damon shouldn't audition..lol

      art.brigg - 2013-01-26 16:47

      A cr@p movie needs a cr@p actor, like Leonardo DeCr@pio.

  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-01-26 10:07

    One for the perverts; I was glad to see Lance Armstrong stripped of his medals. The same should be done to Jessica Ennis. Slowly stripped of her medals, then her little shorts..

  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-01-26 10:07

    Apparently, Oprah asked Lance Armstrong if he'd do a blood test on the show. Armstrong said he'd be happy to but he'd left most of his blood at home.

      alfred.killian - 2013-01-27 03:45

      maybe he is some kind of a vampire.

  • IantheJ - 2013-01-26 12:15

    I wouldn't trust him to clean up my garage!!!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-26 17:12

    By pimping other cyclists!!

  • Jakes71 - 2013-01-26 17:22

    Now Pierre Spies should come clean as well and let the IRB, SANZAR and SARFU revoke all the Bulls and Boks titles they won when he was playing!!!!!

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-01-26 18:20

    Step out of the 'limelight' Armstrong. You have already proved what sort of man (?) you are...

  • flysouth - 2013-01-27 08:55

    Why should the cheating scum be given any opportunity to redeem himself by such means? Punishment should be just that and when this has been handed down, as to this scumbag no more need be said and no chance to rectify or polish his image must be given.

  • ForeverWP - 2013-01-27 09:25

    And if those that confessed say they were bullied the they had no balls. If they had so called integrity they would have walked away and told their story if they really wanted to. They were also driven by greed and desire as much as LA was. So they got an offer to come clean and keep their money if they shafted LA. So as far as I am concerned, shaft the lot of them LA. Its dog eat dog so you may as well join the party!

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