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Lance Armstrong might take lie test to clear name

Published: October 15, 2012 | 7:57 am
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Lance Armstrong’s lawyer has claimed the disgraced cyclist might be willing take a lie-detector test in an attempt to prove he is innocent of doping allegations, and would also be keen for some the 26 witnesses who gave testimony against him to take similar tests.

“A lie-detector test properly administered, I’m a proponent of that frankly, just personally,” said Armstrong’s lawyer, Tim Herman, yesterday (Sunday). “I wouldn’t challenge the results of a lie-detector test with good equipment, properly administered by a qualified technician. That’s a pretty simple answer.”

Asked directly if Armstrong would take a lie-detector test, Herman added: “We might do that, you never know. I don’t know if we would or we wouldn’t. We might.”

Despite the fact that Armstrong refused to contest the 15 separate US Anti-Doping Agency charges, first laid in June, and therefore gave up the right to cross-examine and challenge those who testified against him, Herman insists there are other witnesses who would have refuted some of the allegations.

Herman said: “I can tell you that many witnesses had contradictory stories to tell and Lance had incidentally over 600 fellow riders, team members, trainers, that sort of thing, in his career racing in Europe. Of those, I think 11 came forward, but many others would and have refuted many of the allegations.

“Why would [the witnesses] wait until now [to come forward]? Here’s the answer. It’s because for the most part they’ve been given sweetheart deals. They are supposed to be suspended for four years, they’re not. They’re suspended for six months commencing in September so they don’t miss a single race.”

Meanwhile, Dick Pound, the former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said it “is not credible” that the International Cycling Union, the sport’s world ruling body, did not know about doping.

“It is not credible that they didn’t know this was going on,” said Pound. “I had been complaining to UCI for years. They can’t be so blind to not know this was going on.”

Pound also suggested the dead time between the traditional drugs testing in the morning and the start of the race, usually at lunchtime, offered further opportunities for riders to dope. “I wonder if it was designed not to be successful,” he said.


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