Bruce Arthur: There was no contrition and nothing much that qualified as real. This was Lance Armstrong, unable to hide himself, no matter how hard he tried
This was Lance Armstrong, even if he tried to be someone else. He did try, of course: he looked back on his younger self on the podium of the Tour de France, telling people he was sorry for them because they couldn’t believe in miracles, and he pretended to shudder. He tried to act like he regretted some of the things he had done. It was, at long last, impossible to believe.
Armstrong’s two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey will conclude Friday night, and it will be fascinating to see what Lance Armstrong has left, because this part revealed him in a way he surely didn’t intend. From the start it was apparent — there was a list in his head of truths he could tell and truths he could not, and you could see him parsing them in real time. He could say he took performance-enhancing drugs while winning seven Tour de Frances, but he had to insist that he was clean during his comeback in 2009 and 2010, despite evidence to the contrary. He could take some measure of responsibility, but he could not say he was in charge, or that he forced or directed any teammates to use, despite evidence to the contrary, given under oath. He could say he had called Betsy Andreu, but he could not say he had sued Emma O’Reilly. (Oprah.com)