The Straits Times
Published on Jan 18, 2013

Armstrong 'in the past': Tour de France organiser


LEEDS, United Kingdom (AFP) - Tour de France organiser Christian Prudhomme said on Thursday that disgraced rider Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles because of doping, "was already in the past".

Mr Prudhomme added that it was a surprise that Armstrong had given a television interview, to be broadcast at 0200 GMT on Friday (10am on Friday, Singapore time), in which he reportedly admitted doping.

"No one could have imagined only a few weeks ago that Lance Armstrong would make his confession publicly, that he would confess in public to having been doped," he said.

"It's obviously something very important but I can't say more than that, I don't know more than you. I don't know what he'll say. For us, Lance Armstrong is already in the past."