Lance Armstrong to cooperate with efforts to clean up cycling

An attorney for told the U.S. Anti- Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to ”clean up ,” though it’s the sport’s governing body and world anti- officials who should take the lead.

In letters sent this week between attorneys for Armstrong and , and obtained by The Associated Press, attorney William Bock requested Armstrong testify under oath by Feb. 6, but the cyclist’s attorney, Tim Herman, responds that Armstrong cannot accommodate that schedule.

Last week, Armstrong admitted to taking -enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.

Herman’s letter said Armstrong intends to appear before the International Union’s planned ”truth and reconciliation” commission.

Herman says the union and the World Anti- Agency should take the lead in cleaning up the sport.

”As you have candidly confirmed, has no authority to investigate, prosecute or otherwise involve itself with the other 95 percent of competitors. Thus, in order to achieve the goal of ‘cleaning up ,’ it must be and the UCI who have overall authority to do so.”

The letter from also confirms a Dec. 14 meeting in Denver between Bock, CEO , Herman and Armstrong.

”Mr. Armstrong has already been provided well over a month since our meeting in December to consider whether he is going to be part of our ongoing efforts to clean up the sport of ,” Tygart said in a statement. ”He has been given a deadline of February 6th to determine whether he plans to come in and be part of the solution. Either way, is moving forward with our investigation on behalf of clean athletes.”

Armstrong has been banned for life and, in his interview with last week, said he would like to compete again.

Bock’s letter does not mention the ban, though Armstrong’s full cooperation could lead to a reduction, perhaps to eight years, which would allow Armstrong to compete in 2020, when he’ll be 49.

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