div> Lance Armstrong he decided to point out everything, every aspect of his sporting and human affair. In a long documentary of three and a quarter hours, divided into two episodes of which we have given you one anticipation, Armstrong provided the answers due to public opinion and cycling in a long interview with ESPN.
Lance Armstrong’s documentary-truth: doping and cancer
Lance, this is the title of the documentary film made by Marina Zenovich, is the story of a champion (or presumed one) ready to do anything to excel.
The first meeting between Armstrong and doping took place early, as he himself admitted, at around 21 years old. Lance relies on growth hormone to win the world championship in Oslo in 1993: “Everyone outnumbered me, I got tired of falling behind, of going out defeated. I wanted to start winning and never stop. It became an obsession. ”
But then came that appalling sentence, terrible for anyone: Lance had a devastating testicular and brain tumor that today relates to what happened before, namely the use of doping substances. But this horror did not spur him and did not prevent him, once he got back on his bike, to avoid doping: “with the embarrassment of not even having to defend myself since I was the hero for all who had defeated a tumor and therefore above all suspicion “. In 1998 he met EPO: “Everyone used it, it was a drug that made you go very fast without health risks, unlike the hormones that made you grow good and bad things, such as cancer “.
The return to racing and the sense of omnipotence
Armstrong quit cycling after winning seven Tour de France. He enjoyed life, money and success for three years. relationships with important artists of the showbiz American, like Shirley Crow: “I lost time following starlets for which I left my wife and family”, then decided to return in 2008. He was bored and was watching the Tour de France on TV: “I was very well physically and I saw Sastre’s victory. If someone like that could win the Tour, I could have done it serenely for the eighth time. Few supported my decision. ”
The accusations against Ivan Basso and the truth about Pantani: “Italy killed Pantani”
The combination EPO of the various blue champions, to begin with. In the documentary there are several unpublished videos and photos that portray Armstrong on Lake Como: “Italy glorifies Ivan Basso, holds him in high esteem offers him a job and invites him on TV. Yet he is not very different from me either Jan Ullrich. Italy demolished and killed Pantani, Germany despises Ullrich but loves Zabel who was also doped. And Pantani is dead, fucking dead“. When it comes to Italy there can be a great chapter dedicated also to the relationship with the doctor Michele Ferrari: “I did everything he said, I had blind faith in him. All I needed was red blood cells. ”
Armstrong’s tears for Ullrich
The moments of real emotion, however, come when we faced what happened to Ullrich. “I went to visit Jan Ullrich in Germany, in the facility where he was detoxifying and it was not a good trip at all. They set him up, Jan, just like me. I love him, he was the most important person in my life. It is the opponent that I respected most of all, indeed the only one. Our stories are very similar, starting with our difficult childhood. Jan had everything I had, a wife, children, a lot of money but it didn’t help keep everything together. All because of this fucking sport. ”
His son Luke David and the family destroyed by Armstrong
Also extremely touching are the words used by Lance’s son, Luke David, that appears in the documentary with a creepy confession: “I always thought that my father had nothing to do with doping, the evening he confessed everything from Oprah I was 12 years old. The next day my mother suggested that I not go to school, to take a few days off. I didn’t pay attention to her: I wanted to look everyone in the face ”. Also impressive is the phrase added by his father: “Luke is now in college and is an American football talent. If you wanted to talk to me about doping? I would tell him that doping so young and at this point in his career is not convenient. What if he tells me he is already doping? Well, I don’t know what to answer him. ”
Armstrong: the three things he regretted
But Lance Armstrong have you ever regretted it? Of only three things has it been shown to feel the weight. Three choices he then publicly called wrong in this interview: “I ruined life at Emma O’Reilly, my masseuse, threatening her and publicly giving her a prostitute for exposing me. He had only told the truth. ” The second: “I ruined my career and life a Filippo Simeoni, the racer who denounced my connection with Dr. Ferrari. I could have put him in a corner and threatened him, I did it like a mafia boss during the live broadcast of the Tour “. The third: “I was obscene when I planted my wife Kristine and the children to flirt with the starlet on duty. Two days after leaving home I was already on the covers with a glass in my hand “.
Finally Armstrong he also recalls his childhood, marked by the absence of a father and the violence of a stepfather, which hit him “for a drawer left open”. “Without me Lance would not have become a champion, because I treated him like an animal”, the opinion of Terry Armstrong, with the regret of having made him “a winner at all costs”.
VIRGILIO SPORT | 28-05-2020 11:48
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