USADA Boss Claims Armstrong Is Still Lying

USADA Boss Claims Armstrong Is Still Lying

Even when Lance Armstrong portrayed himself as coming clean about his career spent cheating to win, he was still lying.


That’s the argument U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart made Sunday evening on the CBS show “60 Minutes,” in an interview with Scott Pelley for a segment called “The Fall of Lance Armstrong.”


Tygart sat down with Pelley to rebut several claims Armstrong made during his interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was televised on January 17-18.


Among the statements that Tygart said were categorically untrue: that Armstrong had raced free of performance-enhancing drugs during his 2009 and 2010 comeback; that his representatives had not offered USADA a $250,000 “donation”; that Armstrong had not pushed his teammates toward cheating; and that Armstrong had only used a small amount of EPO from 1999 through 2005.


Armstrong told Winfrey that the last time he had “crossed that line” — i.e., used performance-enhancing drugs — was in 2005. Asked about using blood transfusions in 2009 and 2010, Armstrong replied, “Absolutely not.”


Tygart told Pelley that Armstrong lied to Winfrey and her television audience.


“[It's] just contrary to the evidence,” Tygart told Pelley, referring to Armstrong’s blood values during those years. “[There's a] one in a million chance that it was due to something other than doping.”

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