Lance Armstrong, the now-disgraced former star US cyclist, has said he will testify with "100-per-cent transparency and honesty" at any independent inquiry into doping in the sport, so long as he is treated as an equal.
Armstrong, who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles last year after a US Anti-Doping Agency investigation, told the BBC World Service today that there had to be consistency from those probing the extent of doping in the sport.
He said: "If everyone gets the death penalty, then I'll take the death penalty. If everyone gets a free pass, I'm happy to take a free pass. If everyone gets six months, then I'll take my six months."
Armstrong sensationally confessed to doping during all of his Tour victories between 1999 and 2005 in a television interview with chat show host Oprah Winfrey in January.
Brian Cookson, the new president of the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, recently urged riders and managers who have been involved in doping in the past to hand information on doping practices to a new independent commission to be set up by the UCI.
The UCI is also to audit its own anti-doping operations in the wake of the Armstrong scandal.
Armstrong told the BBC he would do whatever he could to "close the chapter and move things forward," although he questioned the benefits of the investigation.
He said: "Do I think that this process has been good for cycling? No. I don't think our sport has been served well by going back 15 years. I don't think that any sport, or any political scenario, is well served going back 15 years. And if you go back 15 years, you might as well go back 30."
Armstrong, who retired from cycling in 2011, said he had "no idea" whether the sport was now clean, noting that the World Anti-Doping Agency have a "hard" job keeping up with drug cheats "because of the development of pharmaceuticals."