UCI: Armstrong Confession Repairs Damage To Sport

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AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) - The International Cycling Union says Lance Armstrong's confession of doping is "an important step" toward repairing the damage he did to cycling.

UCI President Pat McQuaid says Armstrong confronting his past, in an interview with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, moves cycling "forward on the long road" to restoring confidence in the sport.

McQuaid said the UCI would welcome Armstrong participating in a proposed "truth and reconciliation process" for cycling. Armstrong told Winfrey he took banned drugs during each of the seven Tour de France victories that were stripped from him for cheating.

McQuaid said Armstrong "confirmed there was no collusion or conspiracy between the UCI and Lance Armstrong."

Armstrong reportedly paid the UCI $125,000, which former teammates testified was in exchange for covering up suspicious drug tests.