Chris Froome: Lance Armstrong can help cycling move forward by giving full account of doping
Last Updated: 14/11/13 2:58pm
Chris Froome wants Lance Armstrong to come clean about his doping so that cycling can move forward.
Team Sky's Tour de France champion Chris Froome has no sympathy for Lance Armstrong but hopes the American will be given the chance to testify at any future inquiry into doping in professional cycling.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and given a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) last year after their investigation concluded he was a "serial cheat" and behind the "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".
New International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson has announced plans for an independent commission to investigate drug use in cycling and Armstrong insists he will be happy to take part and answer any questions with "100 per cent transparency and honesty".
"I'd want to see him (Lance Armstrong) come forward and really tell it like it is and say exactly what happened so that we can put the story to bed."
Froome told Sky Sports News: "There is still so much that needs to be explained, needs to be elaborated on in order for everyone to be able to put this story to bed and, finally, move on from this.
"There is still a lot of good that can be done through what he (Armstrong) has to say. And I think it would eventually put an end to that story and allow the rest of us to carry on with our careers.
"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.
"I don't think it's good for the current situation of the sport to be lingering on what's happened in the past.
"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."