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Biting Back: Lance Armstrong's fans deserve the truth

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With Graham Luney

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins believes Lance Armstrong may never confess to doping because he is “stubborn” and has “too much to lose”.

But just what does the disgraced Armstrong have left to cling to? His reputation has already been shredded and a refusal to “come clean” will only ensure that more dirt is continually hurled in his direction.

How much more public humiliation and private agony can one man take before he finally shares the truth with a sceptical world?

There are no winners in this sordid saga — the toughest pill to swallow is the reality that a man many thought to be one of the greatest sportsmen of all time was, in fact, simply a cheat.

Now that Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles have gone and he has been banned for life for doping offences, you would have expected him to show all the fighting qualities he displayed in beating cancer — but his silence tells a depressing tale.

A United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) report called the American a “serial” cheat who led “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen”.

A sharp observer recognised that Armstrong did at least have a point when his book was given the title ‘It’s Not About The Bike’.

Now, it should be about Lance telling the truth and confessing.

Those who have hung on his every word or been moved by his journey through life deserve to hear the truth.

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