Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You're Still Lying

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You're Still Lying

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Byline: Matt Majendie Sports Correspondent

LANCE ARMSTRONG lied in his televised doping confession, according to World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey.

The 41-year-old admitted to doping during his cycling career but insisted he had taken no performance-enhancing substances after 2005, despite evidence to the contrary from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Armstrong did not fail a test during his two-year return in 2009 but samples retested by USADA suggested the American had doped during that time, an accusation he flatly denied.

And Fahey said: "The evidence from USADA is that Armstrong's blood tests show variations in his blood that show with absolute certainty that he was doping after 2005. Believe USADA or believe Armstrong? I know who to believe.

"It struck me that the statute of limitations under US law might be relevant and Armstrong would not want to admit to anything in regards to his comeback that might be picked up under the US criminal code," he told the Daily Telegraph. "This bloke is a cheat and did my view of him change after watching the interview? No."

David Walsh, the Sunday Times chief sports writer widely credited with much of the investigative journalism which contributed to Armstrong's downfall, tweeted: "First reaction is Oprah began the interview brilliantly with her series of 'yes or no' questions. It felt good to hear him admit to doping.

"Too many questions not answered and refusal to confirm hospital room admission was deeply disappointing. Betsy Andreu will be disgusted."

Andreu, whose husband Frankie had been a former team-mate of Armstrong, was among the first to point towards Armstrong's doping indiscretions.

She testified that Armstrong admitted to doping while in his hospital bed in 1996 battling cancer, an accusation that the former rider denied under oath and an issue he refused to discuss with Oprah, much to Andreu's chagrin.

She said: "I'm really disappointed. He owed [the truth] to me. You owed it to me Lance and you dropped the ball. After what you've done to me, what you've done to my family, and you couldn't own up to it. …

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