British Cycling chief says any confession from Lance Armstrong must "name names"

Brian Cookson, who also sits on UCI management board, urges disgraced cyclist to tell all

by Simon_MacMichael   January 7, 2013  

Lance Armstrong (pic courtesy Photosport International)

Brian Cookson, president of British Cycling, has said that any confession from disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong must “name names” and provide a full disclosure of his doping past, following reports at the weekend that the former US Postal rider is considering coming clean about the drug-taking that led to him being banned from sport for life and stripped of results including the seven Tour de France titles he won between 1999 and 2005.

Quoted on Telegraph.co.uk, Cookson, also a member of the UCI’s management committee since 2009, said: “Who knows what Armstrong’s motivation is now, but I hope that when he tells the truth, he tells the whole truth, the whole story and if he feels the need to name names, then do so.

“If he feels the need to give evidence against other people, then do so, but let’s not have any false accusations or innuendos. Let’s have the full truth, a full disclosure of everything.”

Cookson insisted: “The sport has moved on over the doping issue but I think there is an agreement internationally that we need to heal the sores of the past, and if we have Lance Armstrong finally confessing then we all welcome that, and let’s move on.

“I find it difficult to understand what his motivation is after denying and denying again after all these years, and then finally giving up and wanting to tell the truth. Armstrong’s confession is a matter for him and his conscience,” he added.

Much of the testimony that led to Armstrong's ban came from former team mates who provided testimony against him to the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA), which published their witness statements as part of its Reasoned Decision in the case.

Armstrong's former manager at US Postal and Discovery Channel and later at Astana and RadioShack, Johan Bruyneel, was named extensively in USADA's dossier, but has chosen to fight the charges against him through arbitration.

According to press reports at the weekend, Armstrong is prepared to make an admittance that he doped in order to have his lifetime ban from competition in any sports subject to the World Anti-Doping Code reduced.

That would enable him, once any shortened ban had been served, to return to competition in triathlon, the sport he pursued as a teenager and went back to after retiring from cycling for good in 2011.

It was reported, however, that from Armstrong’s point of view, any such disclosure would be dependent on him securing guarantees that he would be immune from prosecution on potential charges of perjury relating to his insistence that he never doped, including during the 2005 SCA Promotions court case.

In that action, Armstrong testified under oath that he had never used performance enhancing drugs after SCA Promotions sought to withhold bonuses it had insured for the Texan’s victories in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 editions of the Tour de France.

Armstrong has now been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles as well as all other results dating back to 1 August 1998, when he returned to cycling with the US Postal team after recovering from cancer.

He is also widely thought to be under pressure to make a confession from the Livestrong charity he founded, which is believed to be suffering declining donations as a result of its association with him, despite Armstrong having stepped down as its chairman and subsequently also resigning his seat on its board.

He is also being sued by The Sunday Times for return of an out-of-court settlement it paid him in 2006 after he sued it for libel following publication of allegations  contained in the book LA Confidentiel, co-written by the newspaper’s sports editor, David Walsh.
 

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lance who?

posted by mrchrispy [337 posts]
7th January 2013 - 12:23

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Popcorn time!
Could I make a request that you squeeze the words 'Lance Armstrong'' & 'Rapha' into the same headline? Should provide days of entertainment...

posted by pwake [313 posts]
7th January 2013 - 13:12

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I think he is holding out for Oprah to come out of her own retirement, so he can "confess" to her. Word is she's been seen practising talking to people on sofas on furniture stores, and doing a little light book reviewing. But she'd need six months intensive training at least, with the shadowy former Belgian talk-show host she learnt her trade from back in the 90s, and to register with the FCC for off-air testing, before it could happen.

posted by ubercurmudgeon [168 posts]
7th January 2013 - 15:54

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So, in order to be prepared to confess this time, Armstrong has to be told that it doesn't matter that he lied on oath in court. Some deal!

posted by LeDomestique [34 posts]
7th January 2013 - 20:55

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I can’t see Lance Armstrong confessing to anything in the near future if he did he'd probably be sued in bankruptcy.
The man has an ego the size of a planet and will want to hang on to his personal wealth and what ever doubt people may still have.

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posted by Wesselwookie [154 posts]
8th January 2013 - 11:48

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I always wonder what he tells his children. They probably have heard about the accusations and I wonder if he might consider confessing because of that.

Vive Le Road.cc Fantasy Cycling Game!

posted by enrique [1795 posts]
8th January 2013 - 12:20

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ubercurmudgeon wrote:
I think he is holding out for Oprah to come out of her own retirement, so he can "confess" to her. Word is she's been seen practising talking to people on sofas on furniture stores, and doing a little light book reviewing. But she'd need six months intensive training at least, with the shadowy former Belgian talk-show host she learnt her trade from back in the 90s, and to register with the FCC for off-air testing, before it could happen.

You win!

posted by Sam1 [219 posts]
9th January 2013 - 12:30

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