Cycling's UCI, WADA agree on doping inquiry

Nov 13, 2013, 9:53 AM EST
In this July 11, 2009 file photo, American seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, left, and Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, right, climb towards Col de Port , France, during the 8th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 176.5 kilometers (109.7 miles) with start in Andorra and finish in Saint-Girons, France. When Alex Gibney set out to document the cyclist Armstrong’s 2009 Tour de France comeback, the filmmaker admits he bought into the hype: The m
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — UCI President Brian Cookson says the cycling governing body has agreed with the World Anti-Doping Agency on an independent commission to look into the sport's drug-stained past, and Lance Armstrong will be invited to take part.

Cookson tells The Associated Press that the International Cycling Union and WADA have an agreement in principle to work together in the investigation and hope to announce the move later Wednesday.

Cookson spoke to the AP soon after a private meeting with WADA President John Fahey at the World Conference on Doping in Sport.

Cookson says the UCI will "manage and run" the commission and there are details to be worked out, including appointing commission members.

He says the terms and conditions of the inquiry will be decided in "the next few days," and it'll likely start work early next year.