The UCI has said that it will make no comment on Lance Armstrong's reported confession to doping until it has a chance to see the Oprah Winfrey interview with the disgraced cyclist that airs in the United States on Thursday evening. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Armstrong is also prepared to testify against UCI officials. It is not clear whether that is something he disclosed during the interview with Winfrey, conducted yesterday in an Austin, Texas hotel.
In a statement released today, the UCI said:
The UCI will not be making any further comments on matters concerning Lance Armstrong until it has had the opportunity to view his much publicised interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The UCI notes the media speculation surrounding the interview and reports that he has finally come clean and admitted doping during his cycling career.
If these reports are true, we would strongly urge Lance Armstrong to testify to the Independent Commission established to investigate the allegations made against the UCI in the recent USADA reasoned decision on Lance Armstrong and the United States Postal Service (USPS) team.
Those allegations from USADA include that the UCI was complicit in covering up a suspect test for EPO by Armstrong during the 2001 Tour de Suisse, as well as his donations of $125,000 to the governing body, money that current UCI president Pat McQuaid has confirmed it received.
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