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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Lance Armstrong considering doping confession, reports say” was written by Conal Urquhart and agencies, for guardian.co.uk on Saturday 5th January 2013 13.06 UTC

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has told associates he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career, according to reports.

Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last autumn (video) after American doping officials produced a dossier that proved he used drugs and doping techniques throughout his career, was moving toward confessing and had even been in discussions with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), according to the New York Times.

The cyclist, 41, met Travis Tygart, the agency’s chief executive, in an effort to mitigate the lifetime ban he received for playing a lead role in doping on his Tour-winning teams, the paper added.

Tim Herman, Armstrong’s lawyer, told the paper: "Lance has to speak for himself on that."

The dossier featured dozens of testimonies from Armstrong’s team-mates who described the doping they had undertaken together.

Armstrong is currently at the centre of several legal disputes over his doping. The Sunday Times is suing him for the repayment of a libel settlement the newspaper was forced to pay him over doping allegations.

He hopes to compete in triathlons and running events, but those competitions are sanctioned by organisations that adhere to the world anti-doping code, under which Armstrong received his lifetime ban.

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