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Cycling: Armstrong meets with doping investigators

July 19, 2014 - 12:05am

LONDON — The World Anti-Doping Agency has welcomed Lance Armstrong’s meeting with an independent cycling panel investigating the sport’s doping past.

Armstrong spoke with investigators for several hours on May 22 at a hotel outside Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., according to Elliot Peters, an attorney for the American rider.

Armstrong’s cooperation with the Cycling Independent Reform Commission has been seen as crucial in efforts to dig into the sport’s doping history and determine whether former officials of governing body UCI covered up or were complicit in his doping.

WADA director general David Howman told The Associated Press the agency knew a meeting would take place with Armstrong but didn’t know when or where and was leaving the independent panel to do its work.

He said it shows “the establishment of an independent commission was a useful device” and that “credit is due all around.”

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