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

in Music

Lzzy Hale tops rock’s ‘hottest’ women poll

Fresh
lzzyhale

The sexy star is named the "hottest" is hard rock.

in Music

Rock ‘n’ roll dreams come true for adults at Minnesota camp

Fresh
rockcamp

Just because you have a family and a mortgage doesn't mean you can't rock and roll.

in Entertainment, Viral Videos, Weird

Llama drama captivates the nation

Fresh
24-overlay3

Llama I'm coming home! Two llamas making a therapy visit to an Arizona retirement community escaped, sparking a hilarious chase caught live on TV.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: 2-year-old sings National Anthem, makes America better

Fresh
12-overlay7

Adorable Trent Harris singing the "Star Spangled Banner" before the start of a high school basketball game will make you proud to be an American.

in Viral Videos

What it would sound like if Ice T voiced cartoons

14-overlay5

"Scooby Doo" and "Dora the Explorer" would sound a whole lot different.