Lance Armstrong 'Not Comfortable' Implicating Others About Doping
Now that the world knows Lance Armstrong, 41, won his seven Tour de France titles while using performance-enhancing substances, there is a desire to gather more details, specifically the names of other abusers. Many felt it was those details that were lacking in his confession to Oprah Winfrey.
"I'm not comfortable talking about other people," Armstrong said to Winfrey at one point. "I don't want to accuse anybody." That would be a theme throughout the interview.
When Oprah discussed Michele Ferari, the Italian doctor noted for his advocacy of blood doping and who aided Armstrong in his quest for total victory, Armstrong refused to implicate him or anyone else. "It's hard to talk about some of these things and not mention names. There are people in this story, they're good people and we've all made mistakes … they're not monsters, not toxic and not evil, and I viewed Michele Ferrari as a good man and smart man and still do."
Armstrong's interview did little to change the probability his lifetime ban from cycling will be lifted. "Tonight, Lance Armstrong finally acknowledged that his cycling career was built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit," United States Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart said. "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 activities."
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