Disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong provides told the BBC he will testify with “100% transparency and honesty” at any future inquiry into doping.

But the American, 42, wants guarantees he will be treated fairly right after admitting in January he
took performance-enhancing drugs during all of the seven of his Tour sobre France wins.

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If everyone gets the death penalty, then I’ll take the death penalty


Lance Armstrong


He argues some of those involved with cycling’s culture of doping were given “a total free pass”, while others have received “the death penalty”.

Accused by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of conducting “the most sophisticated, professionalised and productive doping programme sport has ever seen”, Armstrong was
stripped of his Tour sobre France titles in Aug 2012.

The Texan, who changed cancer before the first of his seven successive Tour ‘wins’ in 1999, also handed back the
bronze medal he won in the road time trial at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

In a 20-minute interview with the BBC’s World Program, Armstrong said his life had “been tough” following his high-profile television confession to American chat show host Oprah Winfrey at the start from the year.

He talked about the damage to his reputation as well as the mounting danger to his vast fortune, reported to be about $125m at its peak, adding that “the lawsuits continue to pile up” as people seek redress for the lies this individual told.

Asked if he regretted doing the interview with Winfrey, this individual responded: “I was going to have to solution the questions anyway.

“There were plenty of lawsuits in place that would possess put me in the cross-hairs. inch

Armstrong said what he wanted now was consistency from all those attempting to find out the true extent from the doping.

“If everyone gets the death penalty, then I’ll take the death penalty, ” he said.

“If everyone gets a free pass, I’m happy to take a free pass. When everyone gets six months, then Items take my six months. “

John Cookson, the
new president of the UCI – cycling’s world governing body, said you will see an independent commission to try to unearth how much cheating there had been.

The Englishman is keen the commission listens to evidence from a large number of people, not simply Armstrong, as he attempts to restore cycling’s credibility and that of his own organisation, which has faced allegations of data corruption.

Armstrong said he would do no matter what he could to “close the chapter and move things forward”, conceding he did not have “a great deal of credibility” but also insisting he previously “nothing to lose”.

He has earlier questioned the role of the UCI, claiming “there were things that were a little shady” at the time.

However , this individual told the BBC any facts might not be “quite as juicy” because people think.

Armstrong, who lastly
retired from cycling this year after initially quitting within 2005, also issued a warning about the inquiry itself, arguing the logistics would be problematic both “legally and internationally”.

He also asked how much good attempting to find out the truth would do.

“Do I think this process has been good for cycling? inch he asked. “No. I don’t think our sport has been served well by going back 15 years.

“I don’t think that any sport, or some kind of political scenario, is well offered going back 15 years.

“And if you go back 15 years, you might as well go back 30. “

As for whether or not cycling is clean now, Armstrong insisted he had “no idea”.

However , this individual argued that “performance enhancement” has existed since the ancient Greeks and right now there would “always be some form of it”, adding the World Anti-Doping Agency a new “hard” job keeping up with the secrets and cheats “because of the development of pharmaceuticals”.

Armstrong would not be drawn on whether or not it was time for a radical approach to drugs in sport, perhaps permitting thresholds rather than outright bans.

“That’s way above my pay-grade to attempt to decide that, ” he mentioned. “I’ll let those people who make-believe to be, or who are the experts, try to decide that. “