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Lance Armstrong gives evidence to Cycling Independent Reform Commission

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'."

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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