After was banned for life from cycling by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) last fall, Lance Armstrong has called into question the decision of the body “to the death penalty.
He acknowledged that he deserved punishment for actions that it had taken over the years, but said not to consider that he deserved such a sanction. The American has the same breath mentioned that he’d like the decision to be reversed, even if it is “not realistic”.
The rumor that he has offered a donation of US $150,000 to the USADA in an attempt to overturn his suspension for life would be false, swore to Oprah Winfrey.
The Texan with 41 years did these revelations in the second portion of the interview he had given to Winfrey and covering on his fall, after being at the top of the world stage of professional cycling.
He demonstrated his first emotions when Winfrey asked him how his children had learned that he was doped. Reddened eyes, taking several breaks to calm the tremolos in his voice, he recalled that his son Luke, who is 13 years of age protected before the other children at least until they tell him not to do so. He described his reaction as “calm and mature. ‘
The interview had yet started the same way as the day before, while it appeared as detached and distant from his emotions. Armstrong first said that the element that it had more wounded during its fall was its complete separation from the Livestrong Foundation in November 2012.
More even the withdrawal of its many sponsors – Nike, Trek, Anheuser-Busch, including – in a few days, that would have cost it up to 75 million $US according to his estimates. It has however placed this disaster by comparing it to a diagnosis of cancer, finding much less serious.
On the other hand, Armstrong said that if a person had been informed that it is dopait, it was his ex-wife Christine, with whom he had three children. He told that he asked permission to make a return to racing in 2009, and that she had given consent “provided that I more crossing this line. A condition that he would have accepted, he said.
The American also indicated that it was sure that he could prevail upon his return to the TDF in 2009 – he finished third-, because he believed that the sport had become clean, especially due to the introduction of the biological passport by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
He also discussed the controversial photo, published on the social networking site Twitter with its yellow jerseys, calling it “error” that was at the bottom to be a gesture of confidence in the anti-doping authorities.
The American concluded the interview indicating that it will try to find the right path, no matter how long it will take him, and he will do everything in its power to more astray. He also expressed willingness to tell the truth, to leave his glass prison.
The day before, Armstrong had finally admitted injecting performance drugs in order to win each of his seven Tours de France. He lost his titles of the TDF last year, after it had been splashed with accusations of doping.