Armstrong’s admissions to Oprah Winfrey are more confirmation than confession.
Alarm bells about his use of illegal drugs and treatments have been ringing for years but the disgraced rider bullied and harassed those who tried to blow the whistle.
Armstrong sued his former masseuse Emma O’Reilly after she spoke out about his cheating.
The Sunday Times newspaper in London paid out 1.5 million euros in a settlement with Armstrong after publishing its doping investigations. The reporter David Walsh said the paper now wants its money back.
So does the promotions company SCA that paid him nine million euros in bonuses for winning the Tour de France.
The sport’s governing body is having to face some tough questions too. The UCI has already been accused of not doing enough to control doping.
Since taking over the running of the Tour de France in 2005, Christian Prudhomme has maintained a tough stance on drugs.
“It is better than a few years ago, this belongs to the past,” he said. “Armstrong belongs to the past. Of course we need him to accept his punishment, but cycling has already changed. Today people are talking about ‘photographs’ of the past, what we see now is almost a sepia image.”
The public disgust is rooted not only in the fact that they believed Armstrong had conquered the mighty Tour de France an astonishing seven times, but that he had done so after recovering from cancer.
Recovery from this scandal, though, appears to be an impossible task.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2What will you ask US Senator John McCain? | euronews, world news
- 3Watch: Passengers ‘push-start’ frozen plane in Siberia | euronews, world news
- 4Le Pen: I admire ‘cool head’ Putin’s resistance to West’s new Cold War | euronews, interview
- 5McCain blasts Europe’s approach to Ukraine conflict ‘a joke’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 6Which countries in Europe cause the most air pollution damage? | euronews, world news
- 7Moldova pro-EU parties take narrow lead in elections | euronews, world news
- 8Grenoble: Europe’s first ad-free city | euronews, world news
- 9NATO joins search for ‘Russian submarine’ off Scottish coast | euronews, world news
- 10European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 11Obama’s ‘risky’ immigration gamble | euronews, world news
- 12Ukraine reports accident at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant | euronews, world news
- 13Crude awakening: Romania’s Black Sea oil and gas finds fuel Europe’s energy hopes | euronews, reporter
- 14Irony as organised crime prosecutor arrested for corruption in Romania | euronews, world news
- 15The American Century comes to an end as China becomes the world’s largest economy | euronews, economy
- 16European e-revolution people rise up | euronews, world news
- 17International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 18Belgium’s former queen Fabiola dies at 86 | euronews, world news
- 19Germans demand honour for Turkish woman beaten to death | euronews, world news
- 20Chechen ‘death’ unit fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine | euronews, world news
Wires > Sport
- 18:05 CET U.S. swimmer Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken…
- 17:42 CET BayernLB sues Ecclestone for damages over Formula One sale
- 17:37 CET Rio de Janeiro preparations on track – mayor
- 17:21 CET Philander shines as Proteas close in on victory
- 17:07 CET Strikerless City need new approach against Palace – Pellegrini
- 16:03 CET Pakistan’s Ajmal returns to action, eyes World Cup
- 14:37 CET Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes ‘I won’t be around’
- 14:17 CET Barcelona’s Neymar available for Cordoba clash