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by AP and Roadcycling.com

Tygart says Armstrong must cooperate fully

Lance Armstrong must cooperate fully if he wants to win back some of his reputation and help cycling recover from its drug-stained past, the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency said.

through it, treated him the same as everyone else was treated."

Tygart acknowledged, though, that Armstrong was "no worse" than a lot of other riders.

But "he was the one that won, obviously. He was the one that profited the most," Tygart said.

"It can't be a good situation where he's at right now," Tygart said. "That was a large part why we gave (him) the opportunity back in June 2012 to come forward. We were as disappointed as anyone back then when they rejected that and went on the attack. And we still, I think, remain open."

Armstrong has said that a truth and reconciliation commission for international cycling is crucial. It's something on which WADA and the UCI's new leadership may make progress in Johannesburg this week.

"We've been pushing for it from Day 1," Tygart said. "When we saw the evidence that we saw during the course of this investigation, we knew this was not just about one individual athlete. It was about a system that corrupted a sport. ... To get to the bottom of the dark culture during that time is critically important for the success of the sport going forward."

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