Lance Armstrong admitted on camera that he must have told “10,000 lies” when he was trying to defend his record before coming out clean that he had used performance enhancing drugs during what used to be the greatest cycling record of all time.
This admission along with an extremely honest look at the former cyclist is all said to be part of a new ESPN documentary titles “LANCE”. USA Today reported that Armstrong explained how no body can use drugs and be honest about it, unless no one asks about the performance.
The first part of the two-part documentary will air on ESPN this Sunday. The second half is self to be broadcasted next Tuesday. Director Marina Zenovich argued that Armstrong has expressed his discontent with the final product when he got a preview last December.
In an interview with USA Today, Zenovich said there were several points during filming when she and Armstrong “went toe to toe”. She said that she has not spoken with the cyclist after the filming was complete. Armstrong did not respond nor gave statements over this issue.
The director also said fans who expected the disgraced champion to be humble and forgiving of his past will be surprised at the vitriol with which he spoke about his former teammates.
Armstrong seemed to harbor the most hate for Floyd Landis, a former teammate who revealed Armstrong had taken also taken performance enhancing drugs(PEDs) as he was confessing his usage of PEDs.
The documentary is said to include profane language, with ESPN scheduling to broadcast a more edited version better suited for a wider audience.
Zenovich told USA Today that she found Armstrong to be a fascinating, if flawed, human being. She said that she was impressed and charmed by his humor, wit and charisma. At the same time, she acknowledges how Armstrong is one of biggest liars in sports history.
The director said that this multi-faceted nature made this former hero a perfect subject for a documentary. It is said that “LANCE” tries to dissect the backgrounds and reasons behind the biggest scandal in cycling history that affected both the sport and Armstrong’s cancer initiative.
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