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Must Read: Howman on Armstrong case; British bookmaker taking Armstrong Winfrey bets

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jan. 9, 2013
  • Updated Jan. 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM EST

10 questions Oprah should ask Armstrong — The Guardian

William Fotheringham at The Guardian on Wednesday suggested 10 questions talk show host Oprah Winfrey should pose to banned-for-life Lance Armstrong in an interview scheduled to air on January 17. Fotheringham’s questions touch on topics ranging from Armstrong’s response to disappointed cancer patients to his place at the failed turning point of the 1999 Tour de France.

“Past experience of doping confessions suggests that you will claim you had no alternative but to dope because that was the culture of the sport at the time and it was the only way to succeed,” writes Fotheringham in his second question. “Has it ever occurred to you that in 1999, when you won your first Tour de France, the sport was in a state of transition, with a body of riders and teams clearly and publicly committed to change, and that your doping, and that of other US Postal riders in that Tour and those that followed, contributed strongly to the sport being sucked back into the morass of doping? More importantly, did it cross your mind at the time?”

Fotheringham also queries Armstrong over his 2009 comeback and his payments to the UCI before turning his attention to the Tour de France’s centenary celebration in July: “In July this year, all the living riders who have raced in the Tour de France in its 100 editions will be in Paris for the finish. Will you take your place among them or do you feel your place is elsewhere?”

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British bookmaker taking Armstrong interview bets — Cycling Weekly

British bookmaker Ladbrokes has put odds on a number of words and phrases Lance Armstrong might speak in his forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“Ladbrokes are only offering evens on Armstrong’s use of the word ‘Confess’ and the phrase ‘Never tested positive’ during his chat at his Texas home with Winfrey,” writes Nigel Wynn. “The phrase ‘Witch hunt’ and the names of British journalists David Walsh and Paul Kimmage offer slightly better prospects at 2/1.”

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Armstrong gave a jolt — Play the Game

World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman said the Lance Armstrong doping affair proves that anti-doping efforts cannot rely only on science to catch cheaters.

Armstrong never tested positive during his racing career, but was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories due to witness testimony and scrutiny of documents that revealed a worldwide doping conspiracy.

“I think the Armstrong case illustrates something that we have been saying now for four or five years and that is that science can’t catch all the cheats, therefore collecting samples and sending them off to laboratories is not going to catch everybody,” Howman said. “Armstrong is the ultimate example of that.”

Howman continued by saying the Armstrong case should serve as a wake-up call for the anti-doping community as well as offer a chance for cycling to finally turn the page on its sordid doping legacy.

“This case has given people a significant jolt and they now realize that perhaps what they have been doing over the years is not as good as it could be,” he said. “What you have to do then is say, ‘can you align that with what you do in your testing program with what I would describe as gathering evidence from current sources that are available, including the people like the police and customs people and athletes who are willing to come forward and say what has really been going on in their sport?’”

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