ARMSTRONG COMMENTS ON THE USE OF MOTORIZED BIKES
In a comprehensive interview on Irish Radio, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong waved off a question about the use of a motor in his bike.
When asked if he had used a motor in his bike at any point during his career to win the tour de France, Armstrong laughed off the question saying that when he was active, no one in the sport had knowledge that such bikes even existed.
In the tense interview, the former Texan cyclist went to great depths to talk about his time on the track, and commented on several topics from, Paul Kimmage to Greg Lemong and one of the most controversial issues; the use of motors.
Armstrong was asked if renowned doping doctor Michael Ferrari had ever offered him a motorize bike to give him an edge but the Texan replied in the negative. “Absolutely not,” he said.
Following that, he was asked if using a motor in a bike is something he would have considered during his career.
“Of course not,” he replied.
host of the interview was unrelenting as he seemed to have turned up the heat up a notch and asked Armstrong the difference between using a motor and EPO, which Armstrong had confessed to consuming.
“Ger, are you a complete rookie? In 1999, no one even knew you could put a motor in a bike. Are you out of your mind?” he said.
“I know that it’s topical. I know there has been a rider caught with a motor in her bike. But are you crazy,” he added.
Of course, his surprise at the line of questioning was justified, as he had never been accused of racing with a motor. Armstrong who had been officially stripped of all his seven Tour de France wins had admitted to the use of doping agents such as EPO, blood transfusion, testosterone and several other banned drugs. However, the former cyclist says he still keeps all seven yellow jerseys from his wins framed on a wall.