In the wake of reports that Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used doping techniques to win his seven Tour de France titles, the International Cycling Union (known as the UCI) is urging Armstrong to testify before its independent commission on doping to shed light on allegations that include whether the UCI helped cover up his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
"If these reports are true, we would strongly urge Lance Armstrong to testify to the Independent Commission established to investigate the allegations made against the UCI in the recent USADA reasoned decision on Lance Armstrong and the United States Postal Service team," the federation said in a statement.
The UCI said it would not make any further comment until it has viewed the interview, which will be shown on Thursday and Friday nights.
Former UCI President Hein Verbruggen said he wasn't ready to speak about the Armstrong case.
"I haven't seen the interview. It's all guessing," Verbruggen said. "After that, we have an independent commission which I am very confident will find out the truth of these things."