Following the settlement between Lance Armstrong and the Sunday Times, the paper’s chief sports writer David Walsh and deputy sports editor at the time Alan English, now editor of the Limerick Leader tweetz:
Always said I’d frame this libel writ in my downstairs toilet one day. The time has come. Thinking of a yellow frame
I realise that not everyone may share my OCD or level of interest in the Lance Armstrong story, but just for the heck of it I’ve typed out the full transcript of his appearance on Oprah last week and tossed in a few live tweets to colour things up. Maybe some of your readers would be interested…?
In the second part of his interview with Oprah Winfrey, broadcast last night in America. Lance Armstrong is asked about Irish journalist David Walsh, of The Sunday Times, who has pursued the cyclist over doping since his first Tour de France win in 1999.
Was reading articles on the whole Lance and Oprah thing tonight and decided to look at David Walsh’s open letter to Oprah on the Chicago Tribune. That’s when I spotted this doozy. Google are doing a stand up job.
“People have been saying to me for a number of years now, because it was perfectly clear to most intelligent people that Armstrong had been doping, and they asked if I felt vindication because I was accusing him for many years. I’ve never felt vindicated [Armstrong sued him for libel] because I’ve never needed vindication in my life. I was never sure of anything more in my life than that this guy and his team were doping and that was from the very first Tour in 1999.
“It’s just wrong that guys who were riding the race clean and never appeared in the top 20 were screwed by a corrupt system and in my view a system that couldn’t not have remained corrupt without the complicity of the people who run the sport, the race organisers, the sponsors, the cycling journalists. Too many people turned a blind eye to something that was obviously wrong and they did it for all the wrong reasons.”
Irish sportswriter David Walsh, of The Sunday Times.