Armstrong's drug admission branded 'a pantomime'
SUSPICION, anger and a cloud of unanswered questions still hang in the air after Lance Armstrong's long-awaited TV confession that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.
Armstrong finally admitted to having using banned drugs during his record seven Tour de France victories.
The first instalment of his two-part television interview with chat show queen Oprah Winfrey seemed to have brought little sympathy for the shamed former sporting hero.
A frustrated Sir Chris Hoy, Britain's most successful Olympian with six gold medals, spent the day having to defend his sport because of the "greed & deception of a small minority", he Tweeted.
Nicole Cooke, the 2008 Olympic road race champion, branded the prime-time interview "a pantomime".
Armstrong admitted drug-taking but had not, so far, named names or revealed how deep the corruption was that allowed him to escape detection for so long, Cooke noted.
"Lance Armstrong should have been taken to a court, not to an Oprah Winfrey sofa," she said.
Some cycling and anti-doping officials suggested that Armstrong, now a self-confessed liar and bully, was still lying.
After years of fierce denials, the 41-year-old Texan admitted using the blood-boosting agent EPO, as well as taking testosterone, human growth hormone, cortisone and also admitted blood doping.
He has been banned from sport for life and stripped of all his Tour titles – plus the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The cyclist has been stripped of all his results from August 1, 1998.
But he denied to Winfrey that he had doped during his comeback from retirement in 2009 and 2010.