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Armstrong 'will cooperate' with any UCI commission

ESPN staff
January 8, 2014
Lance Armstrong says he is prepared to cooperate with an independent commission into cycling's drug-riddled past © PA Photos

Lance Armstrong has hit back at reports stating he would not be prepared to cooperate with an independent commission into cycling's doping past, revealing on Twitter that he plans to communicate "honestly" if contacted by the International Cycling Union.

On Wednesday, UCI president Brian Cookson announced the make-up of the commission, which he previously indicated will focus on the 1990s and 2000s. German anti-doping expert Ulrich Haas, Swiss politician and lawyer Dick Marty and Australian war crimes investigator Peter Nicholson were named on the three-strong panel.

New president Cookson recently confirmed Armstrong's involvement would be essential into uncovering the truth of the sport's drug-ridden past; the disgraced American earlier claimed in the Daily Mail that former UCI president Hein Verbruggen helped him to cover up a positive drugs test in 1999, during his first Tour de France triumph - something which the Dutchman strenuously denies.

The Telegraph stated it was unclear whether Armstrong would be prepared to work with the commission due to ongoing legal cases. However, Armstrong announced on the social networking site that he had not been contacted by the UCI regarding the matter, nor the independent commission, but his position remained "unchanged."

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