Reaction from Lance Armstrong’s Oprah interview

Some reaction to Lance Armstrong’s admission in an interview
with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs during
his cycling career:

”Tonight, Lance Armstrong finally acknowledged that his cycling
career was built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit.
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.” – Travis Tygart, head of
the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

”He was wrong, he cheated and there was no excuse for what he
did. If he was looking for redemption, he didn’t succeed in getting
that.” – John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping
Agency.

”We at the LIVESTRONG Foundation are disappointed by the news
that Lance Armstrong misled people during and after his cycling
career, including us. Earlier this week, Lance apologized to our
staff and we accepted his apology in order to move on and chart a
strong, independent course. We look forward to devoting our full
energy to our mission of helping people not only fight and survive
cancer, but also thrive in life after cancer.” – Official
statement from the Livestrong Foundation, founded by Armstrong in
1997.

”Lance Armstrong’s decision finally to confront his past is an
important step forward on the long road to repairing the damage
that has been caused to cycling and to restoring confidence in the
sport.” – UCI President Pat McQuaid.

””It didn’t go far enough. … He has to name names. … He is
probably the biggest cheat sport has ever known.” – David Walsh, a
long-time Armstrong critic, to the BBC.

”He cheated the sport. He cheated many people around the world
with his career, with his life story. ” – Novak Djokovic at the
Australian Open.

”I don’t want to waste any more of my time with Lance
Armstrong. He’s an incredible actor and that’s what you (saw) today
on the Oprah Winfrey Show.” – Former Armstrong mechanic and
assistant Mike Anderson, who had to battle legal action after
accusing the Texan of drug use.

”The problem with people like Lance, or any other dug cheat, is
that they think everyone else is doing it so they have to do it. In
fact not everyone else is doing it.” – Two-time Tour de France
stage winner Robbie McEwen at the Tour Down Under.

”So it’s official – (at)lancearmstrong is the worst lying,
doping cheat in the history of sport.” – TV host Piers Morgan, via
Twitter.

”The thing about (at)lancearmstrong is that he also used his
platform to call many good ppl liars.” – Former heavyweight boxing
champion Lennox Lewis, via Twitter.