The new International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson is aiming to rid the sport of it's tarnished image. 

And to many's surprise, he may employ the help of the man that threw the sport into this woeful position.

The fact that Lance Armstrong's representatives have been contacted may come as a bit of a shock to many. But considering the position that Armstrong was in, it might be that he is one of the best-placed figures to provide insight into the sport's shadowy activities.

As Ben Smith from BBC sport commented, there is indeed a sense that it is the former seven time Tour De France winner who needs this break more than the commission needs him.

Armstrong may be looking to re-vitalise some of his public image and credibility as a figure in cycling by using this commission.

After all, his well documented fall from grace would have surprised the average person who wasn't even into cycling that much, let alone those who followed him and cheered him on as an idol. Lance Armstrong's name was synonymous with courage, determination and hope to many. This was all before USADA charged him in 2012 and he admitted to doping in an interview with Oprah.

Whether that means he will be willing to provide a lot of information and names remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain, Cookson is willing to pull out all the stops in order to rid the sport of cheating. The new UCI president is also looking to further the extent of women's involvement, after it was announced there was to be a Women's Cycling Commission in an "extraordinary meeting".

The announcement comes exactly one week after Greg LeMond suggested that Armstrong would only have been a "top 30 rider at best " without performance enhancing drugs. LeMond also stated that there are people that should not be allowed to participate in anything ever again, so this recent move by Cookson may cause friction with many. 

"There is a huge amount of work to do in the coming months and beyond, but I am excited by the passion and support my colleagues have shown for implementing a real programme of change for the good of cycling,” said Cookson. 

Cookson's comment definitely evokes thoughts of repair, management and trust-building with the public and media for the world cycling.

But whether Armstrong deserves a spot on the commission after being banned for life is another matter. If there are fundamental and beneficial changes that can be implemented as a result of his involvement, then his inclusion (regardless of the past) can be seen as almost a necessity. 

Yet once again, the reliability of Armstrong's information - and how far he is willing to get involved in the process - are key factors as to whether this appointment will be considered a success.

Of course, Armstrong might not even make the panel.

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