Andreu lashes out at Lance

2013-01-18 13:27

Paris - Betsy Andreu, the wife of a former Lance Armstrong team-mate, lashed out at the disgraced cyclist after his televised interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday and said he had missed a shot at redemption.

Andreu, whose husband Frankie rode with Armstrong, had testified in the US Anti-Doping Agency's case that triggered the Texan's fall from grace.

VIDEO: Lance Armstrong confesses to doping

She said she had heard the 41-year-old confess to doctors treating him for testicular cancer that he had taken performance enhancing drugs.

Armstrong has always denied the incident took place and when asked about it by Winfrey he declined to provide a straight answer.

"He could have come clean, he owed it to me, he owed it to the sport that he destroyed," said Andreu. "The hospital is where it all started. If he wants a shot of redemption here, he's dropping the ball.

"I was willing to give him a chance and that's how he responds?" an emotional Andreu told CNN.

Armstrong finally confessed to using performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career on Thursday, admitting he cheated to win all seven of his Tour de France titles.

Describing himself as a "bully" and a "deeply flawed character", Armstrong ended years of denials by revealing his darkest secrets in an interview with talk show host Winfrey recorded at his hometown of Austin, Texas three days earlier.

Armstrong told Winfrey that while he was the lead rider, he did not decide who made the team.

"That's a bunch of crap," Andreu snapped.

"Lance can redeem himself but only if he comes clean to the USADA and WADA because there is no way he conducted the biggest fraud in sports history on his own," she added.

Armstrong agreed that he had attacked Andreu after she came forward with her testimony, telling Winfrey that he had called her "crazy" and a "bitch", but adding with a smile he had never called her "fat".

"This exchange had me furious," said Andreu.


  • andrew.d.adams.1 - 2013-01-18 13:37

    Breaking news Bafana have been caught using performance diminishing drugs!

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      patrick.mbense - 2013-01-18 13:54

      wow andrew you should be a comedian! that was so hilarious! naaaaaaat!!

      christina.nxumalo.7 - 2013-01-18 14:07

      @mynhardt: is this comment really brilliant to the story or to some other interest?

      paul.makhudu1 - 2013-01-18 14:08

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      darren.peach - 2013-01-18 17:19

      @andrew. Kick a man when he is down or in this case, A team. Sick puppy using any excuse to attack anything remotely african.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2013-01-19 13:23

      Allow a little joke here and there. It was funny.

  • mynhardt - 2013-01-18 13:54

    LEAVE LANCE ALONE!!!!!!!! its the Hansie scandal all over again. Just ban him from cycling and let him be. he will still be my fav cyclist of all time.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-18 14:24

      AG SHAME! you Lance cheerleading groupies are clearly in the same category as the die hard Zuma cheerleading groupies.....hope he rots in jail where he deserves to be.................

      Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2013-01-18 14:45

      This isn't about being a groupie for ANYONE! It's about one person taking the fall and flak for the wrongs that every other cyclist had done!

      stan.luthuli - 2013-01-18 15:51

      baaaaaaaaaaad sheep!!!

  • vanessa.luckhoff - 2013-01-18 13:54

    @andrew...perhaps they should offer Lance Armstrong a job as captain, they'll be winning in no time!Lol!

  • craig.hume.33 - 2013-01-18 13:55

    And people will eat all this nonsense up and still call him a hero. How many lives did he destroy in the process, and all should be forgiven because he says sorry. Major BS

      john.comyn.18 - 2013-01-18 14:17

      Who's life did he destroy???? I know he saved a lot of lives!

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2013-01-19 13:38

      I am not sure what this Andreu woman is on about. Her husband start using EPO independent from Armstrong. She overheard a conversation between Lance and his doctor and then tried to go public with it later when her own husband got caught for doping. She has no moral high ground here, she just wanted to bring others down when her husband was caught.

  • Meg Kruger - 2013-01-18 14:15

    Ok, let's give him a chance... This was step 1. Step 2 is when he pays every single cent back - winnings, sponsorships, prizes, legal fees. Until then..... this is just a publicity stunt!

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-18 14:25

      STEP 3 ..........JAIL............

      carol.brand.5030 - 2013-01-18 14:47

      Meg he did not manage this on his own! 'Nuff said. the same sports bodies that are pointing fingers at him and pretending to be 'outraged' should accept responsibility for turning a blind eye! EVERYBODY knew including Betsy Andreu his ex team mates wife who, by the way, sounds like a shrew! Dont ever get too comfortable with a high and mighty attitude folks, we all have skeletons remember?

      carol.brand.5030 - 2013-01-18 14:49

      at least he admitted it. and i bet it was a negotiated interview. He is the scapegoat, yes he is. While the people who provided the means and the drugs grow like mushrooms in the dark. Come on people, lighten up, Jesus forgives you all your sins, and we all have them.

  • Fishlus - 2013-01-18 14:27

    This is a mythical Pandoras Box and Lance has given us a glance into it. The problem with Pandoras box has always been that once it is open it cannot be closed, so USADA and WADA needs to tippy toe around this issue and not make any groundbreaking moves or declarations. Lets be honest about this, Lance won a race by being a drug cheat against other drug cheats and nnothing can change this fact. Cycling at this level is as corrupt as hell. Look how many riders retire during their fist tour and then in their second tour they finish in the top 20 or so. Surley the tour organisers must have realised that something was off and they chose to do nothing about it because of money raked in from ratings. They are all guilty of having gained out of the situation and Lance(like Hansie) is the fall guy. Betsy is correct in saying that he did not do this on his own. Watch this space - Pandoras box is going to be opened good and proper

      Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2013-01-18 14:40

      I couldn't have said it better myself! And Lance truly is the Hansie Cronje of cycling, taking the fall for all the other cyclists who did everything he did and most likely more!

      duncan.blair.391 - 2013-01-18 15:06

      What most people don't know is that cycling has been wracked with doping for over 3 or even maybe 4 decades. So yes you're correct in saying that he won by being a drug cheat against other drug cheats. So what's the big hooha about then? Eventually the use of performance enhancing drugs will become legal and in our lifetime. Unfortunately this is a witchhunt which is driven by the media because news sells and mankind by nature just loves a witchhunt regardless if the facts are true or not.

  • younginhk - 2013-01-18 14:27

    They were all taking juice. And he still won 7 times. And he had cancer. This is just a witch hunt.

  • - 2013-01-18 14:28

    Lance keep the money you provided me and others with years of entertainment. That time when you looked Ullrich in the eyes before you took off was mamba (legend)! Also when you moerd neer where everybody waited for you and you attacked them again was also great.

      vanessa.a.killian - 2013-01-18 16:47

      That use to be cyclings "rope a dope", Ulrich gave it his all, Lance pretended to be suffering and unable to respond to Jans attacks, today we only remember it as Lance's DOPE trick.

  • elizabeth.bothma.58 - 2013-01-18 14:33

    I dont know hey? He messed up, he lied, everybody was disappointed. He confessed he lied, everybody is even more disappointed. The dude, who did all this doping, did it to win at all cost. Clearly prestige is more important than money. He's lost everything, all his titles, all his prestige. I doubt taking away he's money will make a difference to him. He's an outcast. He's not the only one that doped, like Hansie - taking the fall for everybody else. I am not condoning what he did, at all! But hey, those of you haven't told a lie before, who haven't stuffed up and hurt other people, you pick up the first stone. I know I can't.

  • anaska.israel - 2013-01-18 14:40

    andrew.d.adams.1 your comment is stupid and has no bearing on this article - it makes me wonder if you can actually READ!?!

      jacowium - 2013-01-18 17:54

      Anaska, I've given my thumbs up to many of your other comments, but I think you may be missing the good-natured tongue-in-cheek dig at our under-performing soccer squad this time.

  • Skwertno1 - 2013-01-18 14:50

    Bitter bitch.... As an cyclist of some 25 years myself, and ex-chairperson of the oldest cycling club in Republic of South Africa in their centenary year, 1991, I have refrained from making any comments about the whole Lance Armstrong affair until NOW. Cycling is a sport that is rife with doping, it has been for a long time now. I don’t think Lance was the only one to have won a TDF that was doing it on performance enhancing chemicals, he was merely better at it than others….. I do not condone what he nor others have done, but the man, or Livestrong has given many cancer sufferers hope. My late sister was one and she died a horrible cancer death. I think tolerance is required here, especially if he comes totally clean about what and how it happened. We all make mistakes and if we can’t give others a chance to redeem themselves, then I think we are all lost….

      tyroymike3 - 2013-01-18 16:19

      There are many people on this earth who now find themselves on their knees praying to all the Gods that may or may not exist -' oh great Lord of everything - Please !, Please!, ooooohhhh Please! send a lightning bolt to this man's butt - Amen ' Pop corn, please !!!!

      arthur.salvado - 2013-01-18 16:46

      Wait for the book. It will make good reading over the festive season. He was just the very best of a doping bunch. Thanks for the great battles lance.

      arthur.salvado - 2013-01-18 16:51

      All TDF winners (except possiblyWiggins) have been disqualified due to doping. Then all those who got a podium, disqualified due to doping. So they got caught. Lance's crime was not getting caught until now. It will be over in 2 weeks time until the book and movie are released.

      jacowium - 2013-01-18 17:59

      So many completely overlook the fact that this is not only about him taking drugs and telling a little lie or two. It is also about the way he turned on anybody who had a conscience, the way he sued and bankrupted them, and abused his power to force anyone who didn't want to play along with him, out of the sport. Yes, he ruined the careers of honest people, and did it smiling. That is far more serious than merely using performance enhancement drugs.

      jacowium - 2013-01-18 18:06

      And Skwertno1, the fact that you'd call Betsy Andreu a "bitter bitch" when she is proven to have been right all along, and only following her conscience, says everything about YOU ... and nothing about Betsy Andreu.

  • andre.krige - 2013-01-18 16:29

    @swertno1 Wow , you are the ex Chairperson of the oldest cycling club in SA . I'm glad your reserved your comments until now. You should go stand on the podium with Lance. Lance , defiantly and through ego, greed and arrogance, did anything he could ( rules or no rules) to win at ANY cost. Yes, agreed , he helped the cancers cause , but at the expense of a sport and many innocent people , making hundreds of ( illegal) millions of dollars for himself in the process. This is tantamount to fraud and does carry jail time. Tolerance will eventually be given when the dust settles. I agree with you that it should be given , and it will, I am sure in good time. Lance is only receiving back , what he created and put out there . I don't think Andreu is a bitter bitch, I think Karma's the bitch here..

      Skwertno1 - 2013-01-19 12:12

      And you've never done anything thats not so moral and not so good that you can make the comments you do, Tolerance is a virtue which you obviously don't have. Hence why we have suicide bombers and the like today, coz of LACK of tolerance. Let he without sin be the 1st to cast the stone !!!!!

  • - 2013-01-18 16:32

    LA just wait it out a new headline for people to faf about isn't far away..... bestrong! lol

  • shane2809 - 2013-01-18 16:35

    So who gets the winners medals now? As far as I'm concerned, everyone was doping during that period and not nearly everyone has admitted to it...... Everyone is trying to use Armstrong as a Scapegoat! They should also look at all the winners of all the various Tours during that time as well and question those results! I don't condone what he did but in reality, all the top riders were doing it so now will we see blank spaces next to the TDF's winner during those years.... Eish, what has become of this sport!

      carl.debeer.33 - 2013-01-19 00:45

      They going to throw more tacs on the road this year like they did last year in the TDF.

  • lizelle.leroux.31 - 2013-01-18 17:32

    Who cares seriously. The guy lied. He cheated. Made lots if money. It's his life. He has to live with it. All the people who testified against him did the same thing. Now they holy cause they came clean. PLEASE!!!!!!

  • pmsdude - 2013-01-18 17:51

    "dropping the ball" literally and figuratively yeah

  • hanno.uys.5 - 2013-01-18 18:10

    Read this if you think Armstrong is taking the fall for everyone. He is a liar, a cheat and a bully.

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