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Froome: Lance Armstrong can help cycling by sharing his story

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Cycling News
Published:
November 14, 2013, 11:15 GMT,
Updated:
November 14, 2013, 11:23 GMT
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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, November 14, 2013
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Tour de France winner wants Armstrong to tell the truth

Tour de France champion Chris Froome has called on Lance Armstrong to step forward and tell anti-doping authorities and an independent commission everything about his doping past.

Froome, who won the Tour de France this July and faced a barrage of questions over both Armstrong’s doping past and his own victorious performance told Sky Sports News, "I'd want to see him (Lance Armstrong) come forward and really tell it like it is and say exactly what happened so that we can put the story to bed."

Armstrong was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France titles last year by USADA as a result of their Reasoned Decision into doping practices at the US Postal Team. A number of Armstrong’s former teammates testified that he and they doped and although Armstrong tried to fight the claims initially he ultimately declined to fight the charges and was handed a life-time ban.

He admitted to doping in January of this year and has since stated that he would help an independent commission with any questions they had. Armstrong may hope that such a move would see a reduction in his ban but earlier this week WADA stressed that only exceptional circumstances would see his case re-opened.

On Wednesday the UCI announced a collaboration with WADA for an independent commission to be conveyed, with Armstrong being invited to talk.

"We will have a commission of inquiry which the UCI will manage and run," UCI president Brian Cookson told the AP. "We will agree on the detailed terms and conditions of that over the next few days, hopefully."

"What I am really interested in, I have to say, is the allegations he has apparently made ... about the way in which he was given special treatment by the UCI. If that was true, I'd like to know about it," Cookson said.

Froome added: "There is still so much that needs to be explained, needs to be elaborated on in order for everyone to be able to put this story to bed and, finally, move on from this.

"There is still a lot of good that can be done through what he (Armstrong) has to say. And I think it would eventually put an end to that story and allow the rest of us to carry on with our careers.”

"I don't think it's good for the current situation of the sport to be lingering on what's happened in the past.

"I'd want to see him come forward and really tell it like it is and say exactly what happened so that we can put the story to bed.

Armstrong recently spoke to Cyclingnews in a several part interview.

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