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Kennewick wa
Jan 30, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
Lance Armstrong exclusive interview

By: Daniel BensonPublished: January 30, 14:33, Updated: January 30, 15American describes Pat McQuaid as 'pathetic'

Lance Armstrong has spoken for the first time since confessing that he doped to win the Tour de France, answering a series of questions put to him by Cyclingnews.

Armstrong reiterated that he feels a scapegoat for the doping issues that have dogged cycling but has called for WADA to set up a truth and reconciliation programme and states that the UCI should have no part in the process.

In this exclusive Q&A Armstrong tells Cyclingnews' Daniel Benson that “My generation was no different than any other. The 'help' has evolved over the years but the fact remains that our sport is damn hard, the Tour was invented as a 'stunt, and very tough mother f**kers have competed for a century and all looked for advantages.”

Cyclingnews: What was your family's reaction to your confession?

Lance Armstrong: They were well aware of what I was doing and going to say. They loved the interview. I was in Hawaii when it aired but my older kids and Kristin watched both nights live. We spoke immediately after both shows. What was said then I'll keep to myself.

CN: Did you protect Dr. Ferrari during your confession?

Armstrong: I wasn't 'protecting' anyone. I was there to speak about myself, my experiences, and my mistakes. No one else. I know that goes against what we have grown used to in the last few years in cycling but I'm only interested in owning up to my mistakes. I'm a big boy and I'm not in the blame game.

CN: Why do you believe that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is the best way forward for cycling?

Armstrong: It's not the best way, it's the only way. As much as I'm the eye of the storm this is not about one man, one team, one director. This is about cycling and to be frank it's about ALL endurance sports. Publicly lynching one man and his team will not solve this problem.

CN: When and why did you come to this conclusion?

Armstrong: A long time ago. When I was on speaking terms with ol' Pat McQuaid many, many months ago I said, 'Pat, you better think bold here. A full blown, global, TRC is our sports best solution.' He wanted to hear nothing of it.

CN: If a TRC is to work, who should be called to testify? Every riders from your generation or those from before too? If a TRC looks at the 1990s shouldn't it also look at the years before your first Tour win?

Armstrong: It's not my place to set the parameters but if you're asking, I'd say that if you are alive today and you podiumed in a GT, WC, or Grand Tour then you should be called. Sounds ambitious but the authorities have proven that nothing with regards to cycling is time barred.

CN: Does TRC need to provide a complete amnesty?

Armstrong: Of course otherwise no one will show up. No one.

CN: Truth is easy to explain but what sort of reconciliation would you like personally and for others that help/testify?

Armstrong: Let's be honest, folks in my situation have their own selfish reasons. It's why we are here. Floyd felt singled out so therefore he went public amongst other things. Removing my selfishness, the fact remains that is the best thing for cycling.

CN: Would you hope that your ban was reduced if you testified to WADA?

Armstrong: That's irrelevant. What is relevant is that everyone is treated equally and fairly. We all made the mess, let's all fix the mess, and let's all be punished equally.

CN: Why WADA and not USADA?

Armstrong: No brainer. This is a global sport not an American one. One thing I'd add - the UCI has no place at the table.

CN: What's the alternative to TRC? It looks like the sport is now descending into chaos.

Armstrong: The alternative? Well, first let me say that cycling will never die it will just simmer. Zero growth. Sponsors leaving, races cancelled - this we are seeing. This current state of chaos and petty bullsh#t, tit for tat, etc, will just ensure that cycling goes flat or negative for a decade plus. Which is a real shame for the current crop of young pros the sport has.

CN: What do you say to the theory that Tygart stated: 'That for you, it's about eligibility to compete?'

Armstrong: That was Travis' stunt to make me look self-serving. When I met with him I told him, 'Yes, of course, I'd love to compete again. I'm a competitor.' However the truth is that it was more about equality and fairness. Letting some race the season then giving minor off seasons sanctions versus the death penalty (for similar offences) isn't fair and isn't about 'cleaning up cycling'. It's about getting your man.

CN: It's pretty clear to anyone with a brain that the UCI played the game and knew the score, yet Pat McQuaid said you had no place in cycling. How did that make you feel? What do you think of the UCI?

Armstrong: Pat is just in constant CYA (Cover Your Ass) mode. Pathetic.

CN: How much is the current level of hypocrisy a frustration for you?

Armstrong: Of course it's frustrating but it's cycling so it's not surprising.

CN: Do you feel like you're the fall guy for an entire sport/system?

Armstrong: Actually, yes I do. But I understand why. We all make the beds we sleep in.

CN: When you came into the sport, it probably wasn't to dope, it wasn't to cheat but at what point, specifically, did you realize that was how cycling worked and that the governing body weren't dealing with the situation?

Armstrong: My generation was no different than any other. The 'help' has evolved over the years but the fact remains that our sport is damn hard, the Tour was invented as a 'stunt, and very tough mother f**kers have competed for a century and all looked for advantages. From hopping on trains a 100 years ago to EPO now. No generation was exempt or 'clean'. Not Merckx's, not Hinault's, not LeMond's, not Coppi's, not Gimondi's, not Indurain's, not Anquetil's, not Bartali's, and not mine.


Jan 30, 2013 - 01:23pm PT
Frank Schleck, too:

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 30, 2013 - 01:27pm PT

Hankster this is fuking HILARIOUS!!!...



Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 30, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
Sure looks like Keith took him.

As I recall, Mr. Richards perdiodically went through cleansing.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 30, 2013 - 07:00pm PT

He is pedaling something different...LOL

A long way from where I started
Feb 4, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
Now that cycling's sad days are coming to a close (yeah, right, no one will ever dope again), it's soccer's turn.

News is breaking that hundreds of matches all over the world, including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, were fixed. According to the report, a betting ring based in Asia has bribed players/teams to throw over 680 matches.

Edit: Source is here:

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Feb 4, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
I'm surprised that there isn't more speculation about just how much Armstrong is going to get away with here.

He's calculating and so are all his lawyers. My prediction is that he'll get away with far more than all those here would guess.

Point of reference, Claudine Longet (uninteresting note, but she's four years older than me). Remember her sentence was 30 days in the hole. If that's what you call this:

Also she settled out of court the wrongful death suit, with the provision that with the provision that Longet never tell or write about her story (I'm sure among others).


Big Wall climber
Feb 20, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
bump for lance Armstrong!

McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 20, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
So much has come out about doping in all sports, I'm going to lay off him. I was out riding yesterday and was channeling him - without the dope of course. The UCI made it possible anyway. Lots of our friends are doing HGH, testosterone, and etc. in amateur racing and regularly riding and daily life.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 20, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
See rule #4. Lance lost the "V".
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 20, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
Rob, that's so true!

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Feb 20, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
Best comment I heard on the radio...."Now we're going to see a lot of competitors walking bikes up hills"

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 20, 2013 - 07:39pm PT
Maybe won't see these times on the Alpe anymore, but no walking!!!

Rank Time Name Year Nationality Evidence/Allegations that the athlete engaged in doping during his career
1 37' 35" Marco Pantani 1997 Italy Alleged drug use during 1997 due to high hermatrocite levels
2* 37' 36" Lance Armstrong 2004 United States 2004 Tour de France title stripped by UCI in 2012
3 38' 00" Marco Pantani 1994 Italy Alleged drug use during 1994 due to high hermatrocite levels
4 38' 01" Lance Armstrong 2001 United States 2001 Tour de France title stripped by UCI in 2012
5 38' 04" Marco Pantani 1995 Italy Alleged drug use during 1995 due to high hermatrocite levels
6 38' 23" Jan Ullrich 1997 Germany Found guilty of doping in later career
7 38' 34" Floyd Landis 2006 United States Stripped of 2006 Tour de France title
8 38' 35" Andreas Klöden 2006 Germany Alleged doping during 2006 Tour de France
9* 38' 37" Jan Ullrich 2004 Germany Found guilty of doping in later career
10 39' 02" Richard Virenque 1997 France Admitted to doping in 2000
11 39' 06" Iban Mayo 2003 Spain Failed a test for EPO in 2007
12* 39' 17" Andreas Klöden 2004 Germany Alleged use of illegal blood transfusions in 2006
13* 39' 21" Jose Azevedo 2004 Portugal
14 39' 28" Miguel Induráin 1995 Spain
15 39' 28" Alex Zülle 1995 Switzerland Admitted taking EPO in 1998
16 39' 30" Bjarne Riis 1995 Denmark Alleged drug use during 1995 due to high hermatrocite levels
17 39' 31" Carlos Sastre 2008 Spain
18 39' 44" Gianni Bugno 1991 Italy
19 39' 45" Miguel Induráin 1991 Spain
20 40' 00" Jan Ullrich 2001 Germany Found guilty of doping in later career
21 40' 46" Fränk Schleck 2006 Luxembourg Tested positive for xipamide at the 2012 Tour de France
22 40' 51" Alexander Vinokourov 2003 Kazakhstan Failed a blood doping test in 2007
23 41' 18" Lance Armstrong 2003 United States 2003 Tour de France title stripped by USADA in 2012
24 41' 21" Samuel Sánchez 2011 Spain
25 41' 30" Alberto Contador 2011 Spain Tested positive for clenbuterol in 2010. After a 18 month court case he was retroactively banned for 2 years and therefore lost all 2011 results and titles
26 41' 46" Cadel Evans 2008 Australia
27 41' 50" Laurent Fignon 1989 France Admitted using amphetamines in 1989
28 41' 50" Luis Herrera 1987 Colombia
29 41' 57" Pierre Rolland 2011 France
30 42' 15" Pedro Delgado 1989 Spain Tested positive for a steroid-masking agent in 1988[17]
31 43' 12" Ryder Hesjedal 2011 Canada
32 43' 12" Thomas Danielson 2011 United States Admitted to doping in 2005-06
33 45' 20" Gert-Jan Theunisse 1989 Netherlands
34 45' 22" Fausto Coppi 1952 Italy
35 48' 00" Bernard Hinault 1986 France
36 48' 00" Greg Lemond 1986 United States
* The 2004 stage was an individual time trial.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 20, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
I'm going with #17 as #1, Carlos in '08.

OK....well....I guess I wouldn't bet the farm on it.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 22, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
This could get interesting.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 22, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Fuq Lance, he walked away from helping the sport that made him what he is (or actually what everyone else though he was and thereby made him a mega millionare).

What a dick.

Kudos to Tyler and Floyd...oh yes.

The young racers that are players now need Lance to come clean to help their futures. It's clear that the Omerta is still strong with many old timers with sway in the fuqing Ekimov.

No one else has the potential to do more good for the sport, so where the hell is he?

I repeat.."what a dick." And what arrogance.

Check this out.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 22, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
There may be a bigger impact on cleaning up the sport if he drags it out. Gives more time for more info to come out to take the UCI down. He was allowed to do what he did.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Feb 22, 2013 - 10:33pm PT
I'm going with number 18, Gianni Bugno.....Buns of steel and now flying rescue chopper in the dolomites...He's probably met the Chief at some point in time....RJ

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Feb 22, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
DR.F. I agree 100%.

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Oct 10, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
Just what was Sheryl Crow going to be charged with?

Yanqui si, gestapo no! No?

Apparently, when federal agents approached Crow in 2011, she was reportedly offered a deal to avoid prosecution by telling what she'd seen. The Washington Post reported that, according to the book, Crow then told a Food and Drug Administration investigator that she'd seen her ex receiving the illegal transfusion.
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