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UCI may lift Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- The new president of cycling's world body says Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban for doping cold be reduced if he provides information which assists other doping investigations.

Brian Cookson became UCI president in September and established the Cycling Independent Reform Commission which will examine the history of doping in professional cycling and probe allegations the UCI conspired to cover up doping activity.

Cookson said the commission's terms of reference might include an agreement with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency to reduce sanctions on cyclists who co-operate with the inquiry.

He said "there will be the possibility of a reduction" in Armstrong's case if he provides information which assists any investigation but stressed the UCI does not have the power to make such a deal.

"It all depends on what information Lance has and what he's able to reveal," Cookson said. "Actually that's not going to be in my hands. He's been sanctioned by USADA.

"They would have to agree to any reduction in his sanction based on the validity and strength of the information that he provided. If they're happy, if WADA are happy, then I will be happy."

Cookson the three members of the commission including Australian Peter Nicholson, a specialist investigator, were insistent their investigation would be thorough and impartial.

"They don't want their own personal reputation damaged by any hint of a suggestion that they've been involved in - let's call it a whitewash," he said.

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ryk341 January 23 2014 at 7:01 PM

NOT FAIR!!!! HE PLAYED DIRTY, NOW HE HAS TO PAY THE PRICE!!
CERTAINLY NOT BY SIMPLY DENOUNCING HIS "-PALS ???" WHO HAVE SUFFERED
FOR YEARS. HOW LOW CAN YOU GET? ( excuser mes erreurs...chers amis~)

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omnexinc January 23 2014 at 6:59 PM

As most ot the athletes Lance Armstrong was a money generator , yes he makes millions and raise millions for his cause but the people behind the scenes have made a lot more , unfortunately in most of the sports drugs and illegal enhancements are wide spread and well know by pretty much every one the doers and the accusers ,the hypocritcs money makers that every once in while act like they are shocked and surprised and decide to cut someboby's head to be serve as a example ,the reality is that for instances the super natural atheticism from the NFL players at the play off series did not come from "eat your vegetables" ,from high school to the professional career there is a history of steroids ,illegal drugs .As for the ones that still believe that there is some athletes who are clean I 'd rather believe on Lance Armstrong when he said the ones that did not take illegal drugs were never placed better than 100th on the Tour the France.

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NATASHA omnexinc January 23 2014 at 9:27 PM

Well said! Bravo!

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ss omnexinc January 24 2014 at 12:28 AM

Then, I would vote for two races: One for enhancers and the other for the naturals. I, for sure, would only be a spectator of the naturals.

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zorro205 January 23 2014 at 7:26 PM

he did what he did and now he has to pay ;for it I hope her tells them to go to hell in a hand basket

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heidi January 23 2014 at 12:37 PM

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Madeleine January 23 2014 at 5:54 PM

Lance is culpable. It is time he admitted it and how harmful it is to athletes and the athletic community.

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cajbmariscal Madeleine January 24 2014 at 1:28 AM

Well said, I agree.

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tbplayer44 January 23 2014 at 6:17 PM

Setting aside the good he has done for Cancer and its victims, he should NEVER be allowed to compete again. He cheated... he lied... Now, I know that the current 'air' in our Society has chosen to ignore those who look us in the eye and blatantly lie (President Obama), but at some point we must reign this immoral behaviour in. Just Say No to Lance.

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Thomas January 23 2014 at 9:02 AM

Sooooo, they reduce his "lifetime" ban for ratting out his compatriots. What difference would that make for him? He's beyond the age that he can really compete in another Tour de France. They aren't going to reinstate his TDF wins. No company will touch him for sponsorships. Unless someone is going to pay off his debts and waive the millions that he's being sued for, what's his motivation?

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anne January 23 2014 at 7:34 PM

I wonder why he still needs to compete. He's already won the biggest race numerous times. Why not just have a private life? I feel a little embarrassed for him that he may still not GET how big an issue what he did is.

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morethanfamous January 23 2014 at 8:30 AM

So after Lance lied for years, cheating the rules, and using dangerous drugs that other younger people will use to emulate him, the powers that be will cut him a deal letting him get away with his disgraceful acts. BOO

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denfaro January 23 2014 at 11:44 AM

I'd like to see how he does without any help from enhancers.

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