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Cycling agrees to truth and reconciliation process after Armstrong scandal

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Oct. 22, 2012 - FILE photo of Pat McQuaid, President of the Union Cycliste Internationale, UCI, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP)

Cycling's governing body has agreed to introduce a truth and reconciliation commission to repair its tarnished image in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

UCI President Pat McQuaid calls it "the best way that we can examine the culture of doping in cycling in the past."

The system would provide some sort of amnesty to riders and officials who come forward with information on doping.

An independent panel, established by the UCI to look into its links to Armstrong's doping, says it wants a truth and reconciliation commission to be part of the process.

But McQuaid says he wants the amnesty to be run in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency.

McQuaid was speaking after the panel clashed with the UCI's legal team at its first hearing Friday in London.