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Disgraced cyclist meets for seven hours with body set up by UCI president Brian Cookson

It has emerged that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has given evidence to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC).

The 42-year-old, banned from sport for life in 2012 and stripped of results including his seven Tour de France titles, met with members of the commission in Washington DC in May, reports the BBC.

The encounter lasted seven hours, according to Armstrong’s attorney, Elliot Peters, who said, “It was a very good meeting."

The CIRC was established by Bria Cookson after he became UCI president in September last year, and among other things it will address the governing body’s own role in the US Postal scandal.

In its reasoned decision in the Armstrong case, the Uinited States Anti-Doping Agency claimed that the UCI had helped cover up the rider’s doping.

Peters went on: "If you made a list of all the questions people would want to ask about Lance and his activities in cycling and everything else, those were the questions that were asked and answered."

He added that there was no discussion of a reduction in the length of Armstrong’s ban, saying: "There is no agreement and that was never discussed. We never asked for one,"

"We do think the ban was unfairly harsh and should be reduced.

"He's [Armstrong] talking in the spirit of not trying to benefit by getting somebody else in trouble, but in the spirit of 'let's tell the truth'."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.