Wiggins: Armstrong Deserves Everything He Gets
By Vanessa Keller | January 25, 2013 10:59 PM EST
Sir Bradley Wiggins has said he is disappointed with Lance Armstrong's apology after the disgraced former cyclist conducted his interview with Oprah, with the Brit admitting he doesn't believe a word that the American says.
Wiggins competed against Armstrong in the 2009 Tour de France, with the former finishing fourth behind the latter in third place.
Since Armstrong retired for the second time from the sport, Wiggins has gone on to win the race, but the Olympic gold medallist won't be forgiving his former opponent any time soon after he admitted to doping throughout his career.
"Part of me didn't want to watch it [the interview with Oprah]," he said. "The fan in me didn't want that perception of him to be broken as this amazing athlete.
"Then I had to watch it - I watched it with my seven-year-old son - so those initial questions, the yes, no answers, just watching him suddenly cave in after all those years of lying so convincingly - it was a lot of anger, a lot of sadness and slightly emotional. It was difficult to watch. My wife couldn't watch it, she walked out of the room.
"It was heartbreaking in some respects for the sport, but then the anger kicks in...the natural things that most people were thinking when they watched it. It's very difficult and then I have to explain to my son what it's all about.
"There was this element of being quite smug about the whole thing to be honest. Then I got quite 'you deserve everything you get' about it.
"In that hour and a half of watching the whole thing, the up and down of the emotions and by the end it was 'you deserve everything you get now' and feeling no sympathy whatsoever behind all the welling up and the tears."
Wiggins also revealed that he found the denials of doping in the 2009 Tour de France, when he competed against Armstrong, particularly frustrating.
"What upset me the most was about 2009/10 - I thought you lying bastard," he explained.
"I can still remember going toe to toe with him and watching the man I saw on the top of Verbiers in 2009 to the man I saw on the top of Ventoux a week later when we were in doping control together. It wasn't the same bike rider.
"You only have to watch the videos of how the guy was riding. I don't believe anything that comes out of his mouth anymore."
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