Jan 13 2013
Brian Cookson, the president of British Cycling, has urged Lance Armstrong to name names and tell all when he addresses the damning doping accusations against him this week.
Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the International Cycling Union (UCI) last year, is due to be interviewed on American television by Oprah Winfrey on Thursday.
Cookson told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "For me the real thing that has to come out is who were these other people involved, who were the people supplying and helping him, the doctors that helped him, the companies that supplied him."
The 41-year-old has maintained a silence since the US Anti-Doping Agency prompted UCI's action by claiming that Armstrong and his US Postal team had run "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".
Prior to that Armstrong had spent years denying doping allegations against him, but there is speculation he will at least make a partial admission after the Oprah Winfrey Network confirmed the issue would be addressed.
Cookson added: "Some of the stuff he was taking, apparently, was still in clinical trials so how on earth did he get hold of this kind of stuff? If the allegations that he bribed people, that he was given a nod and a wink when the testers were approaching his house and all this kind of thing, are true, let's have that information.
"Who actually did he bribe, where were the payments made, were third parties involved and so on? Let's not have innuendos and smears, let's have the actual facts and names of places and towns, the amounts."
The Sunday Times have taken out an advertisement in the Chicago Tribune with a list of 10 questions it wants Winfrey to ask Armstrong. The British newspaper announced in December plans to sue Armstrong for 1.5million US dollars as a result of losing a libel action to him over doping allegations made in 2006.
Among the questions, chief sports writer David Walsh asks whether Armstrong told doctors in 1996 that he had used EPO, human growth hormone, cortisone, steroids and testosterone, whether he intends to return his prize money, and whether he accepts "lying to the cancer community was the greatest deception of all".
There has been speculation a confession from Armstrong could pave the way for him to return to competitive action in triathlon, but Cookson said: "We have still got that reputational damage that was done by Armstrong, so I don't want him back in our sport and I hope he doesn't get a reduction in his sentence from USADA that would allow him to take part in any other sport, quite frankly."