Lobby group urges Lance Armstrong ‘to tell everything’

Reuters, LONDON

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 - Page 19

Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong has been personally urged to make a full confession of all his involvement in doping by the founder of the lobby group Change Cycling Now.

Jaimie Fuller, who formed the group which includes former Tour de France champion Greg Lemond, said on Wednesday that he had talked to Armstrong for an hour on the telephone last month.

He said the pair had subsequently had e-mail exchanges after Fuller had told Armstrong he needed to talk to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Fuller said he planned to have further contacts.

Last year, the USADA stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey, the American admitted he had taken performance-enhancing drugs before each of his Tour victories.

Fuller, who is also the chief executive of the compression clothing company SKINS, earlier told the Tackling Doping in Sport conference that he had wanted to believe Armstrong was clean.

“The thing that upset me most about Lance was not the doping. We now know how prevalent the doping was, how entrenched it has been in the culture of cycling,” Fuller told the conference in London. “What upset me most [of] all the other things that surrounded him, the way he abused people, the way that he just climbed all over people, the win at all costs. I had a conversation with him not long ago and I said to him it’s going to get worse for him before its gets better. I think he’s bit delusional.”

“He’s got to come clean, he’s got to tell everything. We didn’t see that on Oprah Winfrey, what we saw on Oprah Winfrey was the convenient truths and when it was inconvenient we didn’t get the truth,” Fuller said. “That includes not protecting other people he’s still protecting. He needs to show a bit of contrition.”