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Cycling: 'Miracle' needed to reopen Armstrong case

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong needs nothing less than a "miracle" to revisit his lifetime ban from sports after admitting to doping, the world anti-doping body chief said Tuesday. "I see it as done and dusted and it would take something close to a miracle to see it go forward in his case," said John Fahey, outgoing president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Armstrong, 42, said in an interview he would cooperate to discover the extent of doping in the sport so long as he's treated the same as his fellow drug cheats.

Armstrong says he will testify with 100 percent honesty

LONDON (Reuters) - Disgraced former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has said he will testify with "100 percent transparency and honesty" at any independent enquiry into doping in cycling but wants assurances he will be treated fairly. The 42-year-old Texan told the BBC World Service on Monday that there had to be consistency from those probing the extent of doping in the sport. "If everyone gets the death penalty, then I'll take the death penalty," he said.

Cycling: Armstrong pleads for fair treatment

Disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong has said he will co-operate in a bid to discover the extent of doping in the sport so long as he's treated the same as his fellow drug cheats. "If everyone gets the 'death penalty', then I'll take the 'death penalty'," said Armstrong in an interview with the BBC World Service. "If everyone gets a free pass, I'm happy to take a free pass. If everyone gets six months, then I'll take my six months," added the 42-year-old.

Documentary 'The Armstrong Lie' deconstructs cyclist's myth-making

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Filmmaker Alex Gibney was not alone in being duped by Lance Armstrong and his strident denials that he had doped and cheated his way to cycling's biggest prizes over the years.

Armstrong questions fairness of life ban

(Reuters) - Lance Armstrong believes he was treated unfairly and singled out for punishment by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after being banned for life for doping. Armstrong, who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles last year after a USADA investigation, said he competed on a level playing field because many of his rivals doped but feels he was targeted for punishment.

I was wrong to use cancer to boost image, says Armstrong

(Reuters) - Disgraced Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has said he was wrong to use the story of his fight against cancer to boost his image as he tried to fend off the doping accusations that eventually led to his downfall. "I'd love to change it but I can't," the American, who survived testicular cancer, said after being reminded in an interview with cyclingnews.com that he had once told journalists: "I've seen death in the face and I don't do drugs."

US man threatened US drug chief over Armstrong probe

A US man has pleaded guilty to threatening the head of the US anti-doping agency USADA over the probe which brought down cycling legend Lance Armstrong, prosecutors said Tuesday. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) head Travis Tygart took the threat, which warned he should wear a bullet-proof best, so seriously that he hired private security and moved his family to a protected location while the FBI investigated. Robert Hutchins, who admitted guilt as part of a plea deal the terms of which were not disclosed, faces up to five years in jail for the offense.

Hesjedal says he 'chose wrong path' amid allegations of doping involvement

TORONTO - Star Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal responded to doping allegations Wednesday, saying he "chose the wrong path" and made "mistakes." Excerpts from a new book by former Danish rider Michael Rasmussen say Hesjedal was shown how to use performance-enhancing drugs at the start of his career. "And even though those mistakes happened more than 10 years ago, and they were short-lived, it does not change the fact that I made them and I have lived with that and been sorry for it ever since," Hesjedal said in the statement.

Cycling: Froome backs new UCI chief to usher in new dawn

Tour de France champion Chris Froome has backed new International Cycling Union president Brian Cookson to rid the sport of its doping culture and usher in a new dawn. Froome had to field a number of questions and suspicions related to his performances during his masterful victory at the Grand Boucle in July as some equated his dominant displays in the mountains to the use of illegal substances.

McQuaid denies telling team member not to cooperate

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid denied on Thursday an allegation that he told an employee of a professional team not to cooperate with an investigation into disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. "Never did anything like that," McQuaid told Reuters in a text message.
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