In the News: Armstrong says ex-dopers should talk to CIRC

Lance Armstrong says he doesn't feel that UCI president Cookson has delivered on campaign promises, and that Astana should be banned

Speaking to BBC Sport, Lance Armstrong said that UCI president Brian Cookson should force the likes of Astana’s Alexandre Vinokourov, Tinkoff-Saxo’s Bjarne Riis, and other controversial team managers still in the sport, to cooperate with the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC).

“If I’m Brian Cookson, I would make it a deal point that you have to come in and talk,” he said. “So if Riis doesn’t talk to you, or Vinokourov doesn’t, there should be consequences. I don’t know those to be examples, but I can imagine.

“If you don’t come in to talk, you don’t just get passed.”

When asked for a reaction, Riis’ team Tinkoff-Saxo said he has never refused to meet CIRC, and it wanted to respect the confidentiality of the process. The UCI said it would wait until CIRC’s report is finished before commenting. Armstrong has testified before the panel.