Lance Armstrong could play a key part in an independent inquiry into doping announced by new International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson.

Representatives of the disgraced cyclist were contacted to gauge his determination to speak to an inquiry.

Cookson hopes to help to rid the sport from the doping image and restore trust.

It is not clear how much Armstrong will be willing to divulge about his doping past, with the UCI reluctant to give any guarantees in return.

In the organisation’s first meeting since Cookson’s election in September, it was revealed that this Englishman will earn £235, 500 a year, £77, 000 less than his predecessor Pat McQuaid.

In June, Armstrong used his Twitter accounts to ask Cookson if this individual was willing to convene a commission rate to “fully understand the mistakes of previous generations”.

The 62-year-old replied that he was and would prioritise allegations which implicated the UCI in past cover-ups.

Cookson, who
ousted McQuaid at the end of a hard-fought election campaign final month, is determined to rid the sports activity of its drug-tainted past and introduced an independent commission as a first phase.

The commission is due to start function next year after a UCI review of its very own current anti-doping measures.

Speaking after an extraordinary meeting of the UCI administration committee, Cookson said: “We make important decisions on women’s bicycling, international development, the establishment of a fully independent anti-doping unit and an independent commission to look into accusations of UCI wrong-doing.

“There will be a major amount of work to do in the coming weeks and beyond, but I am excited by the passion and support my colleagues have shown for implementing a genuine programme of change for the good of cycling. “

It is also realized that all future drug testing will be carried out by a fully independent unit. Cookson has consulted the
World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and the
US Anti-Doping Company (Usada) in shaping this plan.

For Armstrong, involvement would be a first step towards repairing his general public image after being
removed of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from all competitive sport simply by Usada last year for his main involvement in a sophisticated doping conspiracy.

The Texan finally admitted to his years of cheating
in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in January. Since then there have been recommendations that Armstrong has wanted to work together with the authorities to shed further light on cycling’s doping culture – but until now nothing offers materialised.

The independent investigation can also be likely to examine evidence seized at the UCI’s Swiss headquarters after the recent presidential election.

Staff from business investigations company Kroll took IT equipment and documents to ensure all evidence from the previous regime had been preserved for any future investigation.

It is understood that among the items private investigators seized was a laptop belonging to McQuaid.