Lynching one man won't solve doping problem - Armstrong

Lance Armstrong is adamant a truth and reconciliation commission is the only way forward for all endurance sports, not just cycling, saying: “Publicly lynching one man and his team will not solve this problem.

Armstrong recently admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs in winning seven Tour de France titles after being stripped of all results from August 1, 1998 and banned from sport for life.

An independent commission set up by the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, to investigate its relationship with Armstrong was recently disbanded in a dispute with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-doping Agency over an amnesty for witnesses.

Armstrong believes such a process is the only way for endurance sport to tackle the spectre of doping.

In an email interview with cyclingnews.com, Armstrong said: “It’s not the best way, it’s the only way.

“As much as I’m the eye of the storm this is not about one man, one team, one director.

“This is about cycling and to be frank it’s about ALL endurance sports.

“Publicly lynching one man and his team will not solve this problem.”

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