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Wiggins: No sorrow for Lance

2013-01-25 08:26

London - Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins said he had the "best feeling in the world" and no sympathy for Lance Armstrong after watching the disgraced American confess to years of doping.

Armstrong won seven straight Tour de France titles from 1999 but had them stripped when he was found guilty of doping in October last year before he spoke about his wrongdoings for the first time on American television last week.

Wiggins at first said he would not watch the interview but the Briton in the end tuned in - with his seven-year-old son for company.

"It's heart breaking for the sport and then the anger kicks in. It was difficult," Wiggins told reporters on Thursday at Team Sky's training camp in Mallorca ahead of his season opener on the Spanish island.

"By the end of the hour and a half, I had the best feeling in the world. Part of me didn't want to watch it. The fan in me didn't want that perception of him as an amazing athlete to be broken.

"Then I got quite: 'You deserve everything you got.' So within two hours of watching the whole thing, the emotions were up and down. By the end I didn't feel any sympathy for him at all."

Wiggins, beaten to third place by Armstrong in the 2009 Tour, said he had felt enormous pride when he told his son he was no cheat.

"I had to explain it to my son because he'd won the same race his dad had won," said the 32-year-old father-of-two.

"When he (Armstrong) started welling up about his 13-year-old son, and him asking what's all this about. I never have to have that conversation with my own son as his father's won the Tour clean.

"There's this element of being quite smug about the whole thing. Watching him suddenly cave in after all these years of lying so convincingly, there was a lot of anger, a lot of sadness and I was slightly emotional as well, if I'm honest.

"It was difficult to watch. My wife couldn't watch it and walked out of the room."

Reuters

Comments
  • bj.pieman - 2013-01-25 09:10

    This guy is just as doped up as Lance. And the gist of his comments is the same as Armstrong previously made about Landis. Bunch of cheating hypocrites.

      graham.brown.129357 - 2013-01-25 10:22

      Pieman - what happenned to "innocent until proven ....."? In your mind, Lance and the others actions now taint the whole cycling world. You chop.

  • ruhan.vandermerwe - 2013-01-25 09:26

    i can honestly say i have more respect for lance armstrong now than ever before, giving up the money, the fame and the love of the people. This guy however will one day have to tell is 7 Year old son that he lied to him in his face about doping.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-25 10:16

      Lol, he didn't give up the money, he got sued for it, he didn't gave up his fame, he lost it because he is a cheat and fraudster, the love? Only corrupt idiots will love him. He admitted in the interview, if it wasn't for him coming back from retirement, they would've never caught him. So clearly he was never planning to come clean. He was forced to do damage control.

  • hugh.mungus.98 - 2013-01-25 09:28

    I beleive wiggins and just think how fast he would be if he shaved off those lamb chops.

  • brian.connell.18 - 2013-01-25 10:01

    "Beaten to third place by Armstrong" Wow! Did Armstrong finish first AND second? Amazing what drugs can do!!!!!!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-25 10:17

      Maybe Lance over lapped him for second place!

      Tygerr - 2013-01-25 10:46

      Lance Armstrong finished 3rd in 2009, Bradley Wiggins finished 4th. Hence, Wiggins was "beaten to 3rd place by Armstrong in the 2009 Tour". It's English, not that complicated.

  • Kiss123 - 2013-01-25 10:54

    ...and you Bradley, is clean ?????

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