Yesterday’s Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah brought in big ratings for Oprah’s network, OWN, but investigators are saying that Armstrong may have lied in his tell all interview. After years denying any allegations that he used performance enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles, Armstrong appeared in an interview on OWN on Thursday night in which he admitted to using banned substances. Armstrong told Oprah he used EOP, testosterone and human growth hormones as well as blood doping/transfusions to enhance his cycling performance. Armstrong says that the last time he used drugs and transfusions was in 2005 and that he did not use any during 2009-2010. However, investigators are saying that this cannot be true.
Blood values taken from Armstrong in 2009 showed evidence of two blood transfusions. ABC News reported yesterday that Armstrong’s red blood cell count spiked twice while his baby red blood cells did not, and investigators are saying that this is evidence of a transfusion. Why would Armstrong feel the need to lie about this if he was admitting to doping and transfusions in 2005 anyways? Well, because he is possibly trying to avoid a criminal investigation.
Besty Andreu, former professional cyclist, testified against Armstrong saying that he had used banned substances and accuses Armstrong of lying. In an interview with Anderson Cooper she said “You owed it to me Lance, and you dropped the ball. After what you’ve done to me, and what you’ve done to my family.”
Part two of Oprah’s interview with Armstrong aired last night on OWN. What are your thoughts as the controversy continues to unravel?