Wednesday March 18th, 2015

Former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong met with United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart last week to discuss having his lifetime ban overturned, Simon Austin of The New York Times reports.

Armstrong, 43, received a lifetime ban for doping and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012.

Tygart did not confirm the meeting with The Times, but the Associated Press reports Armstrong and Tygart met for six hours near the Denver airport. It was the first meeting between the two sides since he was banned.

"Our position has not changed," Tygart said to The Times. "From the very beginning, our hope has always been that he would come in, sit down and have a full discussion."

Earlier this month, Armstrong and the International Cycling Union were criticized by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission for ignoring doping.

In an interview with the BBC earlier this year, Armstrong said if he was given the opportunity to re-do his career, he would probably use performance-enhancing drugs again because of how pervasive they were in the sport.

- Paul Palladino

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