LOS ANGELES, Jan 18, 2013 (AFP) – Here is the main reaction to US cyclist
Lance Armstrong’s admission that he took performance-enhancing drugs
throughout his career, which helped him win a record seven Tour de France
“His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step in the
right direction. But if he is sincere in his desire to correct his past
mistakes, he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping
– Travis Tygart, head of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
“Lance Armstrong’s decision finally to confront his past is an important
step forward on the long road to repairing the damage that has been caused to
cycling and to restoring confidence in the sport.”
– Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI).
“After years of suspicion, I’m happy that this conspiracy was in the end
nothing more than an unsubstantiated theory. Those who accused or suspected us
are obviously disappointed. Nothing was ever hidden.”
– Hein Verbruggen, former UCI president, to Dutch agency ANP on claims that
the federation colluded with Armstrong to cover-up positive tests.
“There’s nothing new from my point of view. All he did was affirm what the
US Anti-Doping Agency had put out in a very substantial and irrefutable
judgement some months ago…
“He denied that until this point but there was little doubt he was doing
that and all he did was confirm that today in a very controlled manner.”
– John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
“We at the Livestrong Foundation are disappointed by the news that Lance
Armstrong misled people during and after his cycling career, including us. We
accepted his apology in order to move on and chart a strong, independent
Livestrong, the cancer support charity that Armstrong set up.
“This is indeed a very sad day for sport but there is a positive side if
these revelations can begin to draw a line under previous practices.
“It is the IOC’s firm expectation that all parties involved will draw the
necessary lessons from this case and continue to take all measures to ensure a
level playing field for all athletes.”
– International Olympic Committee
“It felt good to hear him admit to doping… When he said he was behaving
like a jerk during those years, I thought ‘Lance, I could have told you that
“The more I think about the interview, the more conscious I become of the
evasions and non-answers. His truth will come dropping slowly.”
David Walsh, Sunday Times journalist sued by Armstrong for alleging he
doped, on Twitter @DavidWalshST.
“I think it’s a huge, huge first step for Lance Armstrong… He did the
right thing, finally. And it’s never too late to tell the truth.”
– Armstrong’s former teammate Tyler Hamilton on NBC television.
“I’m really disappointed. He owed it 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. And now we’re supposed to believe you?”
Betsy Andreu, wife of Armstrong’s former team-mate Frankie Andreu, on CNN.
“He was just the same frosty iceberg whose confessions are perhaps only 10
percent of what he has to say. The rest won’t come from his lips but it will
– Eric Boyer, French former pro cyclist and part of the Change Cycling Now
“I think it’s a disgrace for the sport to have an athlete like this. He
cheated the sport. He cheated many people around the world with his career,
with his life story…
“It’s just not the way to be successful. So I think he should suffer for
his lies all these years.”
World tennis no.1 Novak Djokovic.