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The good ol' Lance we know and love is back

Armstrong said: "My generation was no different than any other. The 'help' has evolved over the years but the fact remains that our sport is damn hard, the Tour was invented as a stunt, and very tough motherfuckers have competed for a century and all looked for advantages.

"From hopping on trains 100 years ago to EPO now. No generation was exempt or 'clean'. [Not that of] Merckx, not Hinault, not LeMond, not Coppi, not Gimondi, not Indurain, not Anquetil, not Bartali, and not mine."

There is no suggestion that any of those named riders took performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong said he felt a truth and reconciliation commission with a complete amnesty was now the only way forward for cycling, a sport now trapped in a "state of chaos and petty bullshit, tit for tat".

"As much as I'm the eye of the storm this is not about one man, one team, one director. This is about cycling and, to be frank, it's about all endurance sports. Publicly lynching one man and his team will not solve this problem.

"When I was on speaking terms with ol' Pat McQuaid many, many months ago I said: 'Pat, you better think bold here. A full blown, global, TRC is our sport's best solution.' He wanted to hear nothing of it.

"It's not my place to set the parameters but I'd say that if you are alive today and you podiumed in a GT, WC, or Grand Tour then you should be called. Sounds ambitious but the authorities have proven that nothing with regards to cycling is time-barred."

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