UCI president Pat McQuaid said there is a role for reformed drug cheats in the future running of cycling as the sport attempts to clean up its damaged reputation.
"People who have been involved in doping can do a lot of good for the sport," he said at the Geneva news conference.
"It is still possible for people who have made mistakes in the past" to have a role in its future, he added.
However, he effectively ruled out any involvement from Lance Armstrong should he admit a doping past. "Lance Armstrong deserves to be forgotten in cycling," he said.