Lance Armstrong Reportedly Lied to Oprah During Tell-All Interview
Cyclist Lance Armstrong evidently isn't done lying.
An interview with Oprah Winfrey was designed for the disgraced rider to come clean about his record of using performance-enhancing drugs. Instead, CBS News reports that Armstrong in fact weaved another web of lies.
Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, indicated that Armstrong misled Winfrey and the many viewers tuning in, particularly about his comeback from 2009 to 2010, when Armstrong claimed he wasn't doping:
It's not true that the former cyclist tried a clean comeback, as he told Winfrey, says Tygart. "Just contrary to the evidence...His blood tests in 2009, 2010-- expert reports based on the variation of his blood values-- from those tests, one to a million chance that it was due to something other than doping."
Tygart was the one who spearheaded the investigation that ultimately stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles last year, and it looks as though he has nailed the compulsively lying cyclist once again.
The damage continued:
[Armstrong] also wasn't telling the truth when he said he used only small amounts of the blood booster EPO, says Tygart. "He used a lot of EPO. You look at the '99 Tour de France samples and they were flaming positive, the highest that we've ever seen. And he's now acknowledged those were positive."
Among the other lies, according to Tygart, were Armstrong's denial of making a $250,000 donation to the USADA and his insistence that he didn't intimidate his teammates into doping.
That assertion is blatantly untrue, as Tygart explained:
[Armstrong] was the boss...The evidence is clear he was one of the ringleaders of this conspiracy that pulled off this grand heist that defrauded using tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, defrauded millions of sports fans and his fellow competitors.
Tygart’s testimony will appear on Sunday during 60 Minutes, and he has also given Armstrong a Feb. 6 deadline to account for all his lies. Otherwise, Armstrong is to be banned from cycling permanently.
Armstrong went on national television in an effort to set the record straight, but instead caused himself even more damage.
As inspiring as Armstrong's battle back from brain and testicular cancer was, it is obvious that the media was duped the entire time. Armstrong was in fact a big catalyst for doping in the sport of cycling, as articulated by Tygart.
An already-damning indictment of Armstrong looks to be getting worse.
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