(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist The truth, some say, sets you free. Could it do the same for cycling, help the sport get back in the saddle and move past the damage done by Lance Armstrong?
It's certainly an interesting idea, perhaps even a good one. Flush out cycling's dirty secrets, rinse them all away. Find out who else doped and how they did it, and then close those loopholes to make it harder for riders, now and in the future, to copy their cheating methods, use their doping doctors and be pressured to dope by old-school team managers.
Something, maybe, not unlike the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that post-apartheid South Africa established to confront and forgive its brutal history. Offer amnesty to those who volunteer information about doping, and tough punishments for continuing to harbor cheats and lies.
Having unmasked Armstrong as a drug cheat, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is pushing the sport to take this next step to ''fully unshack...