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Lance Armstrong: Interview with Le Monde Newspaper



LM: You cycling despite all the troubles the sport brought you?

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LM: All the living winners of the Tour will be present for the big celebration. Would you have liked to be there?

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LM: What does it mean to you, today, the Tour de France?

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LM: Do you still consider yourself as the record winner?

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LM: Have you kept your seven Yellow Jerseys or have you burned them?

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LM: Do you understand that the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the Tour organizers have erased you from the winners list?

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LM: Like Jan Ullrich, this week, other winners of the Tour, as Bjarne Riis have admitted that they have doped or have been involved in doping cases (Marco Pantani, Alberto Contador), but you the only one to have been erased from the winners list. How do you explain that?

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LM: Were you surprised by the confession of the Jan Ullrich, and you expect that other former winners of the Tour will follow?

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LM: In its report, the USADA accuses you of having benefited from the "the most sophisticated doping program, the most professional and most effective in the history of sport" …

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LM: The UCI President, Pat McQuaid, didn’t just take away your seven Tour titles and ban you for life, he also said that you no longer have a place in cycling …

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LM: What kind of problems are you referring to?

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LM: So you’re ready to support the candidacy of English Brian Cookson?

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LM: Pat McQuaid has invited you to tell him everything.

Why don’t you do it?

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LM: Why are you willing to talk to a "Truth and Reconciliation" commission and what would say?

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LM: One of the questions might be: when you’re racing, it was possible to have results without doping?

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LM: How did you start doping?

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LM: Can you share your own experiences?

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LM: How can the culture of doping in cycling end?

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LM: Before the (French) Senate inquiry on doping, your old rival, Laurent Jalabert, who had EPO found in his urine samples collected during the 1998 Tour, said: "Armstrong was a torturer." He also swore that he had never intentionally doped, and his doctor, ONCE, was nicknamed "Doctor Citroen", as opposed to your doctor Michele Ferrari …

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LM: Do you realize the disappointment and anger for some of those who believed in your story?

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LM: Do you also realize that your former sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Justice, have joined Floyd Landis in his (whistle blower) complaint to claw back close to 100 million dollars from you?

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LM: Are you afraid of going to jail?

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LM: Are you afraid you’ll end up ruined?

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LM: Did you ever fear for your health during your career?

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LM: And because of doping?

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LM: Were you afraid of a positive test that might have ended your career?

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LM: Pat McQuaid testified in front of the (French) Senate inquiry that the UCI had not protected you. However, in 1999, in your first Tour de France victory, "Le Monde" revealed your positive test for steroids, and the UCI had accepted a TUE certificate backdated to absolve you. Is that correct?

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LM: You paid $100 000 to the UCI in 2002. Does this sound normal that an international federation accepts money from one of its champions?

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LM: The UCI, ASO, U.S. Postal …hasn’t everyone who dropped benefited for years from the Armstrong effect?

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LM: So now, do you feel any remorse about what you did?

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LM: In 1999, you had advised the French Christophe Bassoons, denouncing the doping, to leave the Tour. If you met him today, what would you say?

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LM: What do you think the outcome of the Puerto case, where the judge ordered the destruction of the blood bags that could identify other non-cyclists Dr. Fuentes customers?

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LM: You feel that cycling is the scapegoat of professional sports?

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LM: And you feel like cycling is paying for everyone?

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LM: But what is your personal opinion?

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LM: Nicolas Sarkozy was one of your biggest supporters. Did he sent you a message after the loss of your titles?

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LM: And you sent him a message after his defeat in the presidential election?

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LM: Sarkozy is keen to return in 2017 for the French presidency. So why did you make a comeback in 2009?

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LM: When you were at the top of your glory, "Sports Ilustrated" named you sportsman

the year, were you dreaming of becoming Texas Governor like your friend George Bush. What do you dream today?

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LM: J. J. Abrams, the creator of "Lost", announced that he is preparing a film about you. Does it worry you or amaze you?

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LM: What is life like today Lance Armstrong?

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