Lance Armstrong Joined NBC Sports’ Tour de France Live Coverage
Is it the best move for cycling?
During stage 3 and 4 of NBC Sports’ 2019 Tour de France coverage, Lance Armstrong joined Phil Liggett and Bob Roll on screen for a break down of the action. Fielding questions from the studio like “Who will win the stage?” and “How long will Julian Alaphilippe keep the yellow jersey?” Armstrong looked confident and comfortable on screen.
Armstrong hosts The Move podcast where he breaks down the latest WorldTour races and other endurance sports news, The Texan is currently covering every stage of the tour with daily episodes of his podcast with guests like George Hincapie. So far this week, The Move is ranked first in the Sports and Recreation category on iTunes for listeners.
On May 29th, NBC Sports aired a 30 minute interview called Lance Armstrong: Next Stage. In it Armstrong said “I wouldn’t change a thing. I wouldn’t change the way I acted,” “I mean I would, but this is a longer answer.
“Primarily, I wouldn’t change the lessons that I’ve learned. I don’t learn all the lessons if I don’t act that way. I don’t get investigated and sanctioned if I don’t act the way I acted.
“If I just doped and didn’t say a thing, none of that would have happened. None of it. I was begging for, I was asking for them to come after me. It was an easy target.”
Armstrong has largely been shunned by the international cycling world since being exposed as a doping cheat. He was issued with a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in 2012.
Having denied the doping allegations for years, Armstrong eventually made a public confession in a television interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey in 2013.
“We did what we had to do to win. It wasn’t legal, but I wouldn’t change a thing: whether it’s losing a bunch of money, going from hero to zero,” Armstrong said.