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Froome urges Lance Armstrong to speak up

The Tour de France champion said he believes it would be best for the sport of cycling if Armstrong was to talk to anti-doping authorities.

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REIGNING TOUR DE FRANCE champion Chris Froome has urged Lance Armstrong to speak out about his history of doping.

Froome said he believes it would be best for the sport of cycling if Armstrong was to talk to anti-doping authorities and an independent committee about how he was able to dodge authorities for so long.

Armstrong has previously agreed to confess about his drug cheating past in the hope that he will get a reduced sentence for information shared, but WADA announced earlier this week that would not be an option unless there were exceptional circumstances.

The American cyclist was stripped of all seven of his Tour De France titles after he admitted to doping in January this year in what the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) described as ‘the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen’.

Froome, 28, said he was not sympathetic for Armstrong and the sooner he comes forward the sooner the sport can move on from this dark period.

“I don’t think it’s good for the current situation of the sport to be lingering on what’s happened in the past,” Froome told Sky Sports News.

“I’d want to see him come forward and really tell it like it is and say exactly what happened so that we can put the story to bed.

“It happened more than a decade ago and we need to stop talking about it now.”

The Kenyan-born British cyclist said Armstrong’s co-operation would help drug authorities more closely monitor doping in the sport of cycling.

“There is still a lot of good that can be done through what he (Armstrong) has to say,” Froome said.

“It would be really good for the sport to know exactly what was happening at those times so that we can learn and move on from that.”

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