Armstrong insists he promised to ex-wife Kristin that he would not dope during 2009-2010 comeback.
Is the UCI sending him checks now?
On getting third at 2009 TDF: "I just got beat by two guys who were better than me."
Lots of commenters calling "BS" right now.
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I don't see how that eight-year ban window can backdate to 2005. USADA's Reasoned Decision included allegations of blood manipulation in 2009 and 2010. If he did not appeal USADA's ban, he should be held accountable to 2010. "Should" is the relative word here, as we've seen with the bizarre, seemingly random application of backdated bans for a number of riders. Murky waters, those.
The tears....are they coming?
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Talking about his son, Luke, defending him at school, Armstrong fights back the tears.
I still remember Contador's line: "I respect Lance as a bike rider, but not as a person ..."
"At that time, I knew I had to say something. I knew I had to have a talk with him, which was over the holidays. There have been a lot of questions.... you always trusted me. I want you to know that it's true."
If his kids can accept it, so can we.
"I said don't defend me anymore. Don't"
He's trying to cry; but he is incapable.
"They didn't say much. They just accepted it. [long pause] I told Luke, don't defend me any more. Don't."
"[Son Luke] been remarkably calm and mature about this."
"He just said, look, I love you, you're my dad, this won't change that."
"Thank God he's more like Kristin than like me."
As the father of an almost 13-year-old son, I actually find this segment fairly genuine. I figured Oprah would save the emotional piece for Day 2.
Tugging on the heart strings, but is there a heart to tug?
Can't help but wonder if that conversation with his son, over holidays, is what prompted Armstrong's ultimate decision to confess
LA's challenge after tonight is to stop talking and start working on the repair process. No more interviews, tweets, public statements. Ultimately, he'll be judged by his actions, not his words.We'll know if he's serious in 5-10 years.
The kids knew before Lance told them. That's why they accepted it.