UCI: No special treatment for Lance

The international cycling union UCI says it will make contact with Lance Armstrong about testifying to a new independent commission but has stressed the disgraced drugs cheat will get no special treatment.

Armstrong, who was stripped of the seven Tour de France titles and banned from competitive sport for life after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs, has said he will answer with “100% transparency and honesty”.

However, the 42-year-old Texan has suggested he wants “consistency” and that he has been harshly dealt with.

The UCI, under new president Brian Cookson, is putting together an independent commission and liaising with the World Anti-Doping Agency.

A UCI spokesman said: “We will be making contact with him [Armstrong] once the exact terms of the UCI Independent Commission have been agreed. “He and other high-profile riders will be treated the same as any other witness. We need to get everything out into the open so that the sport can understand its mistakes, learn from the past and restore its credibility. We hope Lance Armstrong can play a part in this process but ultimately it will be down to him and his conscience as to how constructive he is willing to be.”

Armstrong says he is willing to help any future investigation into doping but claims some people in the past have been a given a “total free pass” while others have had a “death penalty”.

He said in a BBC interview: “I’m keen to do whatever I can to help close the chapter and help the sport move forward. I would speak with 100% transparency and honesty.

“All that I would say is that we had a very consistent pattern of behaviour for 20 years in cycling, very consistent, and yet the punishment and the toll that’s taken on some has not been consistent.

“You’ve had some people with a total free pass, you’ve had some people with a death penalty, for consistent behaviour.

“If everybody gets the death penalty, then I’ll take the death penalty. If everybody gets a free pass, well I’m happy to take a free pass.

“I sum this up like this: The playing field at the time was level, the justice served here has been anything but level.”


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