The 42-year-old Texan was stripped of the seven Tour de France titles he won and banned from competitive sport for life after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs.

He said in an interview with BBC’s World Service: “I’m keen do whatever I can to help close the chapter and help the sport move forward. Certainly I would speak with 100 per cent transparency and honesty.

“We had a very consistent pattern of behaviour for 20 years in cycling, and yet the punishment and the toll that’s taken on some has not been consistent.
“So all that I would hope for is that people are treated consistently and fairly.

“If everybody gets the death penalty, I’ll take the death penalty. If everybody gets a free pass, well I’m happy to take a free pass. If everybody gets six months, then I'll take my six months.”