By Jim Vertuno ,AP
AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong talked for several hours with cycling investigators about doping in the sport’s past, said an attorney for the American who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.
Armstrong attorney Elliot Peters told The Associated Press that Armstrong set up the meeting and sat for questions for seven hours on May 22, and described the session at a hotel outside Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., as a “very good meeting.”
“They asked him about everything … If you made a list of all the questions people would want to ask about Lance and his activities in cycling and everything else, those were the questions that were asked and answered,” Peters said.
The probe has been expected to center on the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) handling of doping in the late 1990s and early 2000s, especially its links with Armstrong. Armstrong’s willingness to meet with investigators has been seen as crucial to their efforts to determine whether former officials with the sport’s governing body aided his doping as the Texan became cycling’s biggest star.
Armstrong won the Tour every year from 1999-2005. Those titles were stripped after a massive report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency detailed doping by Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service teammates.
Peters declined to detail exactly who was in the room or what Armstrong told them, but said Armstrong met with three people “running” the Cycling Independent Reform Commission and their attorney. A spokesman for the group did not immediately return a call or text message seeking comment on Thursday.
The commission is chaired by Dick Marty, a Swiss politician and former Swiss state prosecutor. The other members are German anti-doping expert Ulrich Haas and Peter Nicholson, a former Australian military officer and war crimes investigator.
Armstrong had previously said he’d be willing to talk to the panel, and Peters said Armstrong had him contact the commission to set up the meeting.