Andreu: Armstrong just doesn't get it
One of Lance Armstrong's biggest critics dismissed the former cyclist's public show of contrition, labelling him "delusional".
Betsy Andreu, the wife of Armstrong's former team-mate, Frankie, who testified he had admitted to doping in a hospital in 1996 and was subsequently labelled "crazy" by the Texan, said he does not understand "the magnitude of what he's done".
In the second part of Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey, he was tearful when addressing the fact his 13-year-old son Max defended him. But he also spoke of lost earnings through sponsorship totalling £75million. Andreu was unimpressed, telling CNN: "Boohoo. He's not getting it."
She added: "What about Greg LeMond's bike company that was completely destroyed? It doesn't make sense. What about Scott Mercier not having a career? Christophe Bassons not having a career? Other guys who didn't want to do what he wanted them to do not having a career?
"You can't put a price on opportunity lost and we're not even talking millions of dollars, we're just talking about people who just want to make a living so they can pay a mortgage and save some money after."
Three-time Tour de France winner LeMond's company LeMond cycles fell into dispute with distributors Trek, Armstrong's sponsors, after he spoke out publicly against doping. Bassons and Mercier were effectively forced out of cycling because they refused to dope.
Andreu continued: "So many people in the saga have been hurt. Greg LeMond for example, [Armstrong's] children, people who defended him. He hurt the sport of cycling. He caused it irreparable damage. I hope that he will testify to USADA and tell the truth, and the right thing can be done.
"It can't be underestimated how much he has hurt people and I don't think he really understands the emotional toll, the mental toll, the financial toll. But he has to pay the price, some way, somehow. In a way I don't think he understands the magnitude of what he's done. He's trying to reason this out. He's just not being logical. I think he's being a little delusional."
Michele Verroken, former director of ethics at UK Sport, told BBC Breakfast she believes a life ban is an "absolutely appropriate'' punishment for Armstrong.
"Let's not forget this was calculated, sophisticated, in its way of getting round the testing programme, so sometimes it's important to say 'enough is enough', and a life ban should be applied,'' she said.
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