Lance Armstrong’s lifetime ban through cycling could be cut to eight years, according to the man who played a key role in proving this individual doped during all seven of his Tour de France benefits.

Travis Tygart, head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), said such a decrease is “technically possible” should the United states, 42, agree to reveal all about his past.

“He’s had plenty of opportunities to come in before now and there’s no sense that is actually now going to take place, ” Tygart told BBC Sports activity.

“We’ll see if there is still a chance for him to get any decrease. “

Armstrong was banned for a lifetime by Usada in August this year and stripped of the seven Tour de France titles he won between 1999 and 2005.

Right after repeatedly denying accusations of doping, the Texan finally
admitted in an interview with television chat show host Oprah Winfrey within January that he took performance-enhancing medications during his career.

Cycling’s globe governing body, the UCI, hopes to set up an independent inquiry into doping.

UCI president Brian Cookson will be keen the inquiry hears proof from a large number of people, not just Armstrong, as he attempts to restore cycling’s credibility and that of his own organisation, which has faced allegations of corruption.

Tygart told the BBC it turned out important for cycling to “unshackle alone from its dirty past for the great of everyone”.


He added: “What’s important is this sport moves forward and puts this darkish, dirty time period behind it and give clean athletes a chance to be successful. inch

But he condemned Armstrong with regard to continuing to cast a shadow over the sport, claiming “clean sportsmen have been hurt” by his failing to speak up.

On Mon, Armstrong told the BBC he’d be
willing to reveal more about his past as a drugs be unfaithful, but only if he was treated fairly by those checking out cycling’s culture of doping.

The American, who pledged to testify with “100% transparency and honesty”, argued that some cheats got received “a total free pass” while others had been given “the death penalty”.

In an interview with BBC sports editor David Bond, Cookson clarified that Armstrong’s ban is a issue for Usada.

“It wouldn’t be useful for me to suggest a length of prohibit but , if you look at the current rules, Usada could probably look at an eight-year ban, ” said Cookson.

“If Usada were to agree that will, then the UCI certainly wouldn’t oppose it but , equally, I’m not recommending that either. “

Cookson stressed that Usada, as the sanctioning body, has sole responsibility with regard to deciding whether Armstrong’s ban will be reduced or not.

“The UCI aren’t have much impact on his present situation because the sanctions have been enforced by Usada, ” said Cookson.

“Armstrong needs to be clear together what his role is, what he can and can’t offer to them in terms of substantial assistance to look at whether or not they can offer him any reductions in the sanctions that he’s currently got. “

Cookson met with the Entire world Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) president Steve Fahey to discuss plans for an query into doping.

Although it will be financed by the UCI, it will be independent of the globe governing body and run by a chairman to be appointed in the next couple weeks.

The inquiry is expected to begin taking evidence in the new year and may run for months.

It is also more likely to focus on the years from 1998 onwards, beginning with the period just before Armstrong came to dominate the sport.

“We’ve got a timeframe in mind as to how long back we go, ” mentioned Cookson. “That’s probably likely to be 1998, which is as good a time as any.

“That ties in with the big controversy during the time, the
Festina Affair. There was an opportunity for cycling to create a new start at the time, which this didn’t take.

“I’m not going to principle going back further than that if Wada or others think it’s essential or, indeed, if others want to arrive forward and give evidence about many years before that.

“I want it to be relevant to the current situation and help an organisation that provides information, advice and conclusions that we can use to build bicycling on to stop those mistakes taking place again. “