USADA gives ultimatum to Armstrong to come clean on doping

London: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been given time until February 6 to come completely clean about his doping activities history if he wished to negotiate a reduction on his lifetime ban.

Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, will confirm the ultimatum on television in the US having written to Armstrong earlier this week demanding that he “co-operate fully and truthfully” if he wishes to plea bargain.

According to reports, if Armstrong failed to comply with the negotiations he would automatically be confirmed to lifetime ban.

But in letter sent this week Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman, said the cyclist could not accommodate that schedule.

However, he told USADA that the cyclist will co-operate with efforts to clean up the sport, adding that it was the governing body and the World Anti-Doping Agency that should take the lead, the report said.

Herman’s letter said Armstrong would be willing to appear before the International Cycling Union’s planned ``truth and reconciliation’ commission, it added.

The disgraced former Tour de France winner also declined to offer detailed information to the anti-doping agency when he met with USADA in the New Year after which he opted for his televised confession with Oprah Winfrey, the report added.