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US anti-doping chiefs expecting full Lance Armstrong confession

‘Lance keeps talking about how he cares about the sport, and I have a belief that if you care about the sport you’ll ultimately do the right thing.’

Lance Armstrong.
Lance Armstrong.
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US ANTI-DOPING Agency attorney Bill Bock believes Lance Armstrong will agree to co-operate in their fight to clean up cycling.

Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his seven Tour de France wins in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January. But that was not a full disclosure and USADA want him to give a confession under oath.

Bock said he feels Armstrong will eventually come clean on the record, for the betterment of cycling.

“I have hope (Armstrong will assist USADA), and some of these things take time, so our door is open, and we know that he has information that would be useful to us,” he said.

“It was not a small operation on his team, and he was supported by many individuals, and it’s important for the future of the sport that Lance comes in and talks to us about how those people helped him with his doping.”

Bock said there was a new era on the horizon for the sport, should Armstrong finally admit under oath the same information he disclosed via TV star Winfrey.

“I think people in the sport of cycling are very excited that there’s an opportunity for a fresh start and a new beginning,” he said. “They hope that that continues, we had the independent commission that had been set aside, and a lot of people hope the effort moves forward in terms of trying to give the sport a fresh start.

He added: “Well I’m optimistic (as an) individual, number one. And number two, Lance keeps talking about how he cares about the sport, and I have a belief that if you care about the sport you’ll ultimately do the right thing.”

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