Lance, Larry and L'Equipe Live!

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Thursday, August 25, 2005
By Yokota Fritz

Lance Armstrong was on Larry King Live earlier this evening. Sports newscaster Bob Costas asked the questions. They obviously discussed L'Equipe's lies story about Armstrong's alleged EPO doping. Frankly, Lance sounded ticked. He pointed out his TdF performance in subsequent years was better than in 1999, when effective EPO tests became available and a surprise test in 2000 showed the USPS to be clean.

They talked a little about the parallels with the drug scandals in baseball. Armstrong pointed out that after knowledge about doping became widespread because of scandal (and deaths!) in 1998, cycling immediately made changes for effective testing and enforcement. In contrast, Major League Baseball has dragged their feet on the drug issue, and even now their drug policies are a joke. Major League players get suspended for 10 days. Cyclist Tyler Hamilton received a career-ending TWO-YEAR suspension after he tested positive for blood transfusions.

The transcript of Lance Armstrong's interview on Larry King Live is available at

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