Sky News 11.10.12 Interview Bradley Wiggins on Lance Armstrong and drug taking revelations
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IAN WOODS: Bradley, we have all been digesting the report and the evidence that was in it, what’s been your reaction to the level of detail that was in that report?
BRADLEY WIGGINS: Well I haven’t actually read the report but obviously I’ve seen the newspapers and things and seen the news and it’s pretty shocking stuff but I’m certainly not surprised by it.
IW: Why are you not surprised?
BW: This has been coming for a long time, the evidence has been building slowly, Tyler Hamilton’s book, etc, etc, and this on-going investigation now, it is pretty much nearly three years now this has been going on and it was always going to come to a head and that head is today where it's been released and it’s pretty damning stuff.
IW: What effect do you think it will have on Lance Armstrong’s reputation both inside cycling and the wider world?
BW: Well I think there’s going to be a mixture really, there’ll be a lot of people still think he’s innocent and what he’s done outside of cycling will stand for more than what he did in cycling. I think there is obviously a half that see that what he achieved now as nothing anymore so there will be a mixture really. There is obviously a massive reaction to this in different ways and it’s how the sport sort of moves forward now which is more important for us who are involved in it.
IW: Do you see it as irrefutable evidence?
BW: Yes, I think so. You have to be … as I say, it’s pretty damning stuff, as Dave described it yesterday, it’s pretty jaw-dropping and it’s in a lot of detail as well and the amount of people that have testified against him, certainly I saw some of the quotes on the ticker tapes along on Sky News there, it’s certainly not a one-sided hatchet job, it certainly seems to be pretty damning.
IW: What effect does it have on you, what effect does it have on your sport?
BW: Well the effect it has on me as the current winner of the Tour de France, I’ve got to answer the questions, pick up the pieces, expect to be the voice of everyone else behind me which I’m not happy about doing really but I understand why I have to do it. My focus is always on trying to be better and competing next year again and almost shouting from the rooftops, look at what I did this year really. That is the future of cycling in this country, that is the future of our sport and that’s where it moves forward really. Obviously a lot of this stuff happened nearly fifteen years ago so the sport has changed considerably and we’re a big part of changing that sport.
IW: It was in the past but the authorities now have to pick up the pieces and deal with it so what should UCI do with this USADA report?
BW: Well I don’t know, I don't know what they do now, what do they do? Strip him of his titles and give it to the second place who has already tested positive as well and been banned from the sport? Give it to the third place who has already subsequently been gone. I mean I think there was one report in 2003 that they’d have to go down to fifth place to award the victory to, so it’s almost irrelevant now really. There’s a void in those seven years that Lance won the Tour and it’s a shame in cycling that the race that I have won this year, this historical race, is probably going to be without a winner for those seven years which is quite sad in a way but yes, it’s kind of where does that go from there really? What happens to those history books?
IW: Is that why some cyclist still admire him, because he was the best of the bunch? He was the best of the cheats, when there were so many people doing it?
BW: Maybe it was, yes, but I think as well he certainly had the funding to be the best at that, that is like another sport in itself really so it’s not something you should get into maybe as the best of that because it’s gone away from sport in a way, it’s not what sport is about and it’s certainly not why I do it so it is quite sad talking about it in those terms really.