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Part 2: 9 p.m. ET May 31 on ESPN
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Perhaps for the first time, Lance Armstrong, his family and former teammates speak frankly about his seven Tour de France victories – and the events before and after he was exposed in one of the biggest doping scandals of the history of sport.
Which “LANCE” characters do you need to know to understand the complicated story? We have what you need:
Perhaps the most infamous of Armstrong’s former teammates, Landis was recruited by Armstrong to the US Postal Service team in 2002, and helped him win three of his seven Tour de France victories. After Armstrong’s retirement, Landis won the Tour in 2006 while competing for a Swiss cycling team named Phonak, and was immediately tested positive for testosterone. He served a two-year suspension and was stripped of his title, but when he tried to return to the sport, Armstrong and others denied him places on their teams. Landis said he felt betrayed – as if he had taken the fall for everyone – and in 2010 emailed USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson and other senior cycling and cycling officials. anti-doping, with details of the doping incidents he had seen from Armstrong and other prominent cyclists. It was the start of Armstrong’s public downfall.
Former USPS team trainer O’Reilly provided physiotherapy, massage therapy and other team aids. She is widely regarded as the first whistleblower and gave an interview in 2003 to journalist David Walsh, claiming that Armstrong asked her to get rid of used syringes and hide needle marks with makeup. Armstrong retaliated, suing her for libel and calling her with vicious names. Armstrong calls his treatment of her “the worst thing he has ever done” in his life. O’Reilly, for her part, said she had since forgiven Armstrong and considered him again as a friend.
Hamilton helped Armstrong win three rounds, then split from the USPS team in 2001 because he wanted a shot to compete on his own. Hamilton describes himself as a friend of Armstrong when they were teammates, and is no longer friendly after Hamilton leaves the team. Hamilton said that after beating Armstrong in a 2004 time trial, Armstrong called the UCI and ordered the organization to investigate Hamilton for doping. Hamilton then tested positive for the banned substances after winning the 2004 Individual Olympic time trial and the Vuelta a Espana, and after serving a two-year suspension, failed another drug test in 2009. He was then stripped of his Olympic gold medal, and testified several times that he had seen Armstrong doping.
Frankie and Betsy Andreu
Frankie Andreu was captain of the USPS team from 1998 to 2000. Frankie and his wife, Betsy, testified in 2005 that, while Armstrong was receiving cancer treatment in 1996, he told doctors in their presence that ‘he had taken erythropoietin (EPO), testosterone. , human growth hormone, steroids and cortisone. They later gave overwhelming affidavits to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012, which reiterated this story and included additional detailed incidences of Armstrong doping.
Hincapie competed in the USPS team from 1997 to 2007 and, like Frankie Andreu, admitted his doping and testified against Armstrong in the USADA decision of 2012. Hincapie had equaled the record for completed laps, at 16, before be retroactively disqualified from the 2004-2006 Tours after admission. However, Armstrong and he see themselves as friends today.
An Italian coach and doctor, Ferrari was well known in the cycling community for his doping practices. Armstrong had worked with him periodically for six years when, in 2004, Ferrari was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence for professional misconduct. He was later acquitted, but in 2012 received a lifetime ban from the USADA for doping offenses.
Former Tour winner three times in 1986, 1989 and 1990, LeMond was an inspiration to Armstrong as he moved from competition in triathlon to cycling. After Armstrong’s third Tour win in 2001, LeMond publicly expressed disappointment that Armstrong was working with Dr. Ferrari and said, “If Lance is clean, it’s the biggest comeback in the history of the sport. . If it isn’t, it would be the biggest fraud. LeMond alleges that Armstrong then used his influence with their mutual sponsor, Trek, to ruin LeMond’s business. Since Armstrong and Landis were stripped of their Tour de France titles, LeMond is currently the only American winner of the event.
Once a superstar in his home country, Germany, Ullrich won the Tour in 1997, then he was Armstrong’s second perpetual finisher in the early 2000s. During the 2006 tour after retirement from ‘Armstrong, Ullrich was considered one of the favorites, until he was involved in a blood doping investigation. He was excluded from the Tour that year and never raced professionally again. After drunk driving incidents, break and enter and assault, he was admitted to a mental hospital in 2018. Armstrong went to visit him saying, “I love Jan Ullrich. He was such a special rival to me. It scared me, it motivated me and really brought out the best in me.
Armstrong was raised by his mother, Linda Armstrong Kelly, who gave birth to him in 1971 at the age of 17. Her biological father, Eddie Gunderson, was briefly married to Linda, but it was an abusive relationship and ended when Lance was 2 years old. a year later, Linda married Terry Armstrong and he officially adopted Lance. The couple later divorced when Lance was 15 years old.
Lance Armstrong married Kristin Richard in 1998 and the couple had three children: Luke, Isabelle and Grace. They divorced in 2003. Armstrong met fiancé Anna Hansen in 2008, and the couple have since had two children, Max and Olivia.