News

Armstrong says he’ll testify with ‘100 percent honesty’

Armstrong says he’ll testify with ‘100 percent honesty’

'100 PERCENT HONEST': Despite lying in the past, Lance Armstrong says he'll be honest with independent investigators looking into doping in the sport of cycling. Photo: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – Disgraced former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has said he will testify with “100 percent transparency and honesty” at any independent inquiry into doping in cycling but wants assurances he will be treated fairly.

The 42-year-old Texan told the BBC World Service on Monday that there had to be consistency from those probing the extent of doping in the sport.

“If everyone gets the death penalty, then I’ll take the death penalty,” he said.

“If everyone gets a free pass, I’m happy to take a free pass. If everyone gets six months, then I’ll take my six months.”

Armstrong, who was stripped of his record seven Tour titles last year after a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation, has said previously that he believes he was treated unfairly and singled out for punishment.

Newly-elected International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson wants a new independent commission to investigate allegations and confessions of past doping to try and restore credibility in the sport.

The UCI is also to audit its own anti-doping operations in the wake of the Armstrong scandal.

Armstrong told the BBC he would do whatever he could to “close the chapter and move things forward” even if any revelations might not prove “quite as juicy” as some people expected.

He questioned how much good any investigation would do ultimately.

“Do I think that this process has been good for cycling?” he asked. “No. I don’t think our sport has been served well by going back 15 years.

“I don’t think that any sport, or any political scenario, is well served going back 15 years. And if you go back 15 years, you might as well go back 30.”

Armstrong said life had been “real tough” after his confession to television host Oprah Winfrey in January that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.

“I have experienced massive personal loss, massive loss of wealth while others have truly capitalized on this story,” he said.

Recent Headlines

6 hours ago in Music

This week’s top country tracks

rascalflatts664192845330

LISTEN: This week's top country tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

1 day ago in Entertainment

OPENING WEEKEND: ‘Mother’s Day,’ Key & Peele comedy ‘Keanu’ hit theaters

22-overlay-9

Here's a look at some of the films set to open this weekend.

1 day ago in Entertainment

WHAT’S ON: New on Netflix, Amazon & Hulu this May

netflixAP

It's going to be a great weekend for some binge-watching.

1 day ago in Entertainment

Alicia Vikander to play Lara Croft in ‘Tomb Raider’ reboot

vikanderREUTERS

The Swedish Oscar winner follows in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie to play the famed adventurer.

1 day ago in Entertainment

‘Angry Birds,’ apps to go hand-in-hand at the movies

21-overlay-15

Creators of the upcoming "The Angry Birds Movie" movie will ask audiences to whip out their phones during the end credits and point them at the screen.