Lance Armstrong Still Lying According to Travis Tygart

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Lance Armstrong recently admitted to doping on Oprah, but according to USADA CEO Travis Tygart he’s still not telling the truth on many key issues. On last night’s episode of 60 Minutes, Tygart sat down with Scott Pelly to point out contradictions Armstrong made in his confession to Oprah.

Some key points –

  • Armstrong raced clean during his 2009 and 2010 comebacks…

    According to the USADA’s reasoned decision to ban Armstrong, his blood levels during the comeback years of 2009 and 2010 all but point to blood doping. During Armstrong’s interview with Oprah however, Lance made claims he stopped doping after his 2005 Tour de France and the comeback was raced completely clean.

    Tygart says that Armstrong’s claims were “just contrary to the evidence.”

    “The evidence is clear. His blood tests in 2009, 2010, expert reports based on the variation of his blood values from those tests, [make it a] one-to-a-million chance that it was due to something other than doping.”

  • Armstrong offered USADA a $250,000 “donation”

    When Oprah asked Lance if he or one of his team offered USADA money in an attempt to pay off USADA in a bid to quash the allegations, he denied the claim.

    Tygart tells Pelly that’s not true, “I received a phone call from one of his closest associates and they offered us the money,”

    “Lance wants to make a financial donation to USADA.” Tygart claims one of Armstrong’s closest representatives made the call and offer, but would not elaborate on who, pending a Federal Investigation.

    The full interview can be seen here, we’ve also embedded the video below…

    Travis Tygart also told 60 Minutes in his interview that the United States Anti-Doping Agency has sent Armstrong a letter informing the disgraced cyclist he has until February 6th to tell the truth under oath in a possible lessening of his lifetime ban on sports. If he does not come in and provide a sworn testimony, his ban would forever be irreversible.

  • About the author: Thien Dinh

    Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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    • Jimbo99 says:

      I think LA was clean when he started doing the triathlons. He had won those before any of his cycling only TDF’s early in his career. Have to remember, he was beating everyone because the tri’s were 56 miles of cycling and there simply isn’t anyone that rides a tri leg that could even remotely race the TDF. His running and in water times were competitive enough, he wasn’t winning those legs of the tri, but seconds or even close to a few minutes where his cycling leg was still more than enough to beat the best tri athletes. I think he played within his superior strength in the tri’s and managed wins there based on his TDF cycling experiences. Say what they will, if everyone else was doping for TDF’s as well, the playing field was level, it was a matter of still doing the work and if those other athletes didn’t work along with the PED’s they took, they’ll lose. I mean take Brian Bosworth, he used roids, he wasn’t the best LBer in that era, some would say he wasn’t even as good as what UM played in college. UM beat OU & Bosworth just as there were NFL players that ran him over. In Bosworth’s case, Elway & Bo Jackson are just 2 players that I saw truck Bosworth on roids. What is the excuse there ?

      • hummina shadeeba says:

        Lance put a lot more money and expertise into his drug program. Lots more. It was not a level playing field or should I say an equally filled syringe. Also with all the drugs he’s taken over his career I feel even if he took them years ago they likely have an advantage still. I imagine when you stop taking the drugs the benefits don’t disapear. they would take most of the drugs in the off season.

    • We Have LA Fanboy says:

      Jimbo99:
      So if I dope in a field full of doping, the paying field is level? Then I can justify if I win 7 years in a row?

      Explain?

    • Alex says:

      I tend to agree with Jimbo99 (not an LA fanboy, could really care less personally).
      If the sport is unable to screen for PED with a high degree of certainty, the entire era is tainted (see Barry Bonds). Check out this chart – do you really think they’ve nailed each and every user so far? Expect this to be filled in as time goes by. I am very happy to see a blank column for 2012 – maybe the cyclists finally got the message.

      http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/08/24/sports/top-finishers-of-the-tour-de-france-tainted-by-doping.html

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