ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby Red Rider » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:26 am

AUbicycles wrote:With the hospital admission around Betsy Andreui, I am not certain what the deal is there and why he wont confess. The doctors/hospital have patient confidentiality so wouldn't think there are any issues there. That said, am wondering about the specific implications on an admission to this - is it because of testimony that Armstrong gave and consequences as it is past the statue of limitations.

It may be because of the very large sums of money his doctors' employer received from lance's endowment fund in and around the time of their depositions on the matter in 2006.

Another great report by 4 Corners. It further highlighted how reckless and malicious lance is, he corrupted and brought down so many, and still no remorse. Here's hoping he starts from square one again (i.e. no money).
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby bardygrub » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:50 am

Up untill last night(before i watched 4 corners) i still had a soft spot for LA,as i thought oh well it was a level playing field,he was still a great rider.

But now i think what an arrogent ruthless sphincter!

But like the old saying goes, the more you keep lying the more you will beleive your lies.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby nsr0772 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:05 am

A ruthless sphincter :lol:

Can you imagine having one of those
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby trailgumby » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:45 am

Shpox wrote:http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/30629

Hadn't heard about the $50,000 dealie before. Disgusting.

And remarkably common thoughout cycling's history. Lots of careers died where riders refused to play "the game" after Le Tour.

I highly recommend Les Woodland's "The Crooked Path to Victory: Drugs and Cheating in Professional Bicycle Racing"

My review of it here: http://www.bicycles.net.au/2012/01/book ... h-victory/

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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby DaveOZ » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:49 am

What has amazed me out of all this is the power that Lance commands. To make all those people remain silent for their entire career, people like Phil Anderson.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby bardygrub » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:11 am

DaveOZ wrote:What has amazed me out of all this is the power that Lance commands. To make all those people remain silent for their entire career, people like Phil Anderson.

How was the part last night when Phil Anderson was asked about the 50k payment.... who stole the cookie from the cookie jar :P
He looked guilty as sin IMO :roll:
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby bardygrub » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:14 am

nsr0772 wrote:A ruthless sphincter :lol:

Can you imagine having one of those


Irritable bowel syndrome :shock: :oops:
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby cp123 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:15 am

I just googled Trail Gumby's book above from the ACT library service and have just bagsed it! borrowing for free is always better than paying for it. :P Just in case any other canberra folk want to bags it after me.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby Paddles » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:25 am

I'm just amazed at the trail of destruction LA and his attorneys caused, he even destroyed Greg Lemond's business. This is going to cause a massive shakeup if the Americans do actually have the evidence that they suggest they have and can prove that the UCI was complicit in the whole debacle.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby JohnJoyner » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:11 am

Great program, definitely needed more time to go into everything further.
I am in no doubt LA doped in 2009 & 2010, as proved in his tests & explained very well by M Ashenden, but as was mentioned he cannot admit that, as there would be serious consequences... A 5 year statute of limitations I think was mentioned. So wait for the whole truth to come out in 2015.

And Phil Anderson... My gosh... If you're going to look that foolish, just admit it man... Because everyone now believes you to have been there for the deal anyway, so may as well tell the truth.

And IMO the Skins owner & Fahey (WADA boss) have it spot on... Take a broom through the UCI as they are corrupt (IMO), or if not corrupt then hopelessly incompetent, in that they wanted to protect the image of the sport, rather than clean it up & put there fingers in their ears.. "lalalalalalalalala..." when any whiff of positive tests came across their desks. 2 men have run it for the last 22 years... That alone says it all to me...
Not sure what or who the answer is, but something needs to be done, starting at the top...
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby Sparx » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:17 am

Phil Anderson OAM - for services to Australian Cycling :roll:
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby The_Eggman » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:30 am

AUbicycles wrote:With the hospital admission around Betsy Andreui, I am not certain what the deal is there and why he wont confess. The doctors/hospital have patient confidentiality so wouldn't think there are any issues there. That said, am wondering about the specific implications on an admission to this - is it because of testimony that Armstrong gave and consequences as it is past the statue of limitations.


My guess is this about not wanting to drop that woman from Oakley in it. She's clearly lied for Pharmstrong under oath at that same deposition where he said the hospital room incident never happened.

Funny thing about the kickback to win races. I just finished the Robbie McEwan book, and he makes numerous references to offering people from other teams cash to ride for him on the day.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby BrisVegas » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:44 am

I didn't know the impact Lance had on Greg Lemond until I watched this. Disgraceful.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby takeitasread » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:19 pm

When they did the previous show on 4 Corners back in about October, Phil Anderson was featured in the promos where he had his bad memory loss. I remember thinking how bad he looked and how it would create a storm but then I'm sure it never made it into the show when it actually went to air, then lo and behold he popped up in all his glory last night (and I bet he wished he hadn't)!

QC - "were you there the night they murdered the victim"? Defendant - "ummmm, I'm not sure. Hmmm, that's a pretty serious thing, but I can't recall it. No, no, it doesn't ring a bell".
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby Daccordi Rider » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:48 pm

takeitasread wrote:When they did the previous show on 4 Corners back in about October, Phil Anderson was featured in the promos where he had his bad memory loss. I remember thinking how bad he looked and how it would create a storm but then I'm sure it never made it into the show when it actually went to air, then lo and behold he popped up in all his glory last night (and I bet he wished he hadn't)!

QC - "were you there the night they murdered the victim"? Defendant - "ummmm, I'm not sure. Hmmm, that's a pretty serious thing, but I can't recall it. No, no, it doesn't ring a bell".


Except Phil also looked like he was trying to hide a bloody knife behind his back. Very sad.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby alex » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:50 pm

AUbicycles wrote:
With the hospital admission around Betsy Andreui, I am not certain what the deal is there and why he wont confess. The doctors/hospital have patient confidentiality so wouldn't think there are any issues there. That said, am wondering about the specific implications on an admission to this - is it because of testimony that Armstrong gave and consequences as it is past the statue of limitations.


i am unsure of the legal situation around the hospital incident but a confession here, while impossible to prove, pretty much confirms that lance gave himself cancer.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby AUbicycles » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:04 pm

alex wrote:i am unsure of the legal situation around the hospital incident but a confession here, while impossible to prove, pretty much confirms that lance gave himself cancer.


I would disagree that this can be an assumption. Certainly can be speculated and was suggested by Betsy Andreui in the interview and her subsequent reaction after the left the ward when Lance Armstrong said that.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby alex » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:08 pm

like i said, cannot ever be proven

but where there is smoke there is fire, see the medical history of his former team mates from that era for more 'smoke'
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:59 pm

BrisVegas wrote:I didn't know the impact Lance had on Greg Lemond until I watched this. Disgraceful.

All that Greg LeMond dsd was respond honestly to a fairly innocuous question by an interviewer and then refused to back down from it. Armstrong Inc and supporters then went after him to change his mind.

David Walsh (Author of LA Confidential etc) implies that LeMond lost around US$30m from his Trek relationship as a fairly direct result of this.

One hopes that Trek is suffers some grief from their self-serving part in this. (Though to be fair, their response was just plain business sense and nothing personal I guess.)
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby AUbicycles » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:19 pm

That's the challenge for sponsors and advertisers. Lance was a winning machine and the value increased when LiveStrong started.

Do these (big) advertisers / sponsors actually lose out or have they gained much more anyway (and that they may lose as a result). While Trek is very much associated with Armstrong (and George Bush for that matter), they would generally not be privy to doping (with exceptions) and would obviously go far to support star riders and drop connections with anyone challenging this.

On the one side, it is just business and the approach understandable (again, excluding where there may have been specific knowledge).

On the other, additional influence or pressure from Armstrong and Co. has been exerted beyond what would have been usual (ie. to drop associates, dealers, contacts) which can be viewed critically by outsiders and potential customer but will it have an actual effect on sales?

It is interesting when you think that the power that one person gained that they can influence business in this way. Remember the story of Lance Armstrong intending to buy the Tour de France?
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby find_bruce » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:30 pm

Surely it's not just me that thinks the statement "Lance and the truth" is an oxymoron
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby vander » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:50 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:
BrisVegas wrote:I didn't know the impact Lance had on Greg Lemond until I watched this. Disgraceful.

All that Greg LeMond dsd was respond honestly to a fairly innocuous question by an interviewer and then refused to back down from it. Armstrong Inc and supporters then went after him to change his mind.

David Walsh (Author of LA Confidential etc) implies that LeMond lost around US$30m from his Trek relationship as a fairly direct result of this.

One hopes that Trek is suffers some grief from their self-serving part in this. (Though to be fair, their response was just plain business sense and nothing personal I guess.)


The guys at Trek were (are?) buddies with Lance and they would of done what he asked business sense or not. They should suffer just as lance should, personally I will never buy a product related to them.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby wombatK » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:26 pm

AUbicycles wrote:On the one side, it is just business and the approach understandable (again, excluding where there may have been specific knowledge).

If it's just business, call it business not sport. Don't expect taxpayer's money and subsidies
to provide for training and development of your athletes, cyclists, footballers etc.,.
Maybe even bring on HECS fees for institute of sports interns.
AUbicycles wrote:It is interesting when you think that the power that one person gained that they can influence business in this way. Remember the story of Lance Armstrong intending to buy the Tour de France?

I don't want to diminish or excuse the evil in LA, but...

Eddie Obeid is an example of the power and influence that one person can gain, and his net worth is probably multiples of LA's. Right now we have the the allegations of corruption and game-fixing being rife in European Soccer. Just last year, Rugby League was prosecuting an attempted betting fix. Back in 2005, Steven Levitt (Freakonomics) documented how match-fixing worked in that apparently noble art of Sumo. No sport is immune from being tainted by cheats.

Sadly, it's too untrue that cheats never prosper and the challenge is to find sports administrators that will lessen the
odds of the cheats winning.

If LA is exploiting statue of limitations in certain USA jurisdictions, maybe they need to look at making some exemptions to the SOL for frauds and conspiracies of the magnitude LA has engaged in. Murder doesn't have a SOL - why should a grand fraud ?

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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby brentono » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:03 pm

Key statements were regarding the UCI
MIKE ASHENDEN: There's little doubt in my mind that it was to protect the reputation of the sport.
They weren't interested in catching dopers,
they were interested in avoiding the scandal with comes with catching dopers.

JAIMIE FULLER: If we can change the leadership in the UCI,
if we can ensure that we have cultural change within the UCI and within cycling,
cycling's got a brilliant future.

Mike Ashenden is one of the world's foremost blood doping authorities
who has worked with cycling's governing body, the UCI, as an independent expert.
He parted ways with the UCI a long time before, furious, and stated on L.A.
"He's been a professional liar, for 15 years" and was on L.A. case, the reason why he left.
The key to whole issue, is Mike Ashenden will be the witness that puts L.A. inside. IMO.
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Re: ABC Four Corners - "Lance and the Truth"

Postby marinmomma » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:53 pm

bardygrub wrote:
DaveOZ wrote:What has amazed me out of all this is the power that Lance commands. To make all those people remain silent for their entire career, people like Phil Anderson.

How was the part last night when Phil Anderson was asked about the 50k payment.... who stole the cookie from the cookie jar :P
He looked guilty as sin IMO :roll:


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