Disgraced cyclist promises ‘open and honest’ testimony as war crimes investigator is named on panel
Lance Armstrong has vowed to co-operate “openly and honestly” with an independent commission into cycling’s doping past having conceded that his life ban might not be reduced in exchange for a full confession.
The disgraced American confirmed via his Twitter account his willingness to testify before the three-strong panel, the composition of which was announced yesterday by the sport’s world governing body.
Armstrong indicated in November his participation would depend on whether he was “treated like everybody else” who took part, drawing particular attention to the disparity between his “death penalty” and punishments for those who also doped during his seven Tour de France victories.
However, it later emerged that while the commission would be empowered to offer what amount to full amnesties to those not already convicted of a doping offence, it would be prevented from giving Armstrong a similar incentive and allowing him to return to competing in triathlons. Sources close to the 42-year-old last night denied the realisation of this had forced him into an about-turn, insisting he had always been willing to contribute to the commission regardless of whether his sentence was reduced – something he nevertheless believes should happen.
It was also claimed the only guarantee he had ever been seeking was that the commission was comprehensive in its scope and not a witch-hunt aimed at one of two individuals.