Lance Armstrong’s Ex-Teammate Who Testified Against 7-Time Tour Champion: ‘He Should Admit to the Past, Apologize and Move Forward With a Clear Conscience’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By: Andrea Simpson / August 24, 2012

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Lance Armstrong’s former teammate is speaking out about the cycling legend’s doping scandal — and says there may be a reason Armstrong has dropped the case that could destroy his legacy.

“I had no idea that USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) had so much evidence to take away so many results from Lance,” Frankie Andreu told Celebuzz exclusively.

“Perhaps he settled to keep this information from the public.”

What else did Armstrong’s former teammate say?

“Lance fights everything, so I’m surprised he chose not to fight the charges,” said Andreu, who in 2006 confessed to doping while on the U.S. Postal Service team with Armstrong in 1999.

“His press release sounds like a broken record repeating the same lines we have already heard hundreds of times from him.”

 

For over 10 years, allegations had been made that Armstrong was using performance-enhancing drugs; despite his denials, a federal probe was launched. In 2005, Andreu and his wife Betsy testified against Armstrong, claiming they had overheard him admit to doctors when he was undergoing cancer treatment that he had used steroids, human growth hormone and EPO while cycling.

Now, after deciding not to contest USADA doping charges on Thursday, the famed cyclist is facing the prospect of a lifelong ban from the sport and the loss of his seven Tour de France titles.

 

 

Andreu, meanwhile, is pleased that the USADA didn’t back off the case.

“USADA has shown some true grit by not backing down from a popular and wealthy athlete — showing that clean sport is a right for every athlete,” he said.

“If Lance really wants to help his foundation and help people with cancer, he should admit to the past, apologize and move forward with a clear conscience.”

 

Despite Armstrong’s tarnished record, Andreu said the black cloud over the sport has been lifted.

“This ruling sends a strong statement to riders that will help the sport of cycling,” he said. “Lance is from an era 10 years ago. Cycling now adheres to and supports clean sport.”