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In advance of tonight’s airing of the Lance Armstrong and Oprah Winfrey interview we are reposting some of our favourite interviews concerning the Armstrong story as a quick catch up method for anyone looking to get a bit more info before sitting down to watch.
Paul Kimmage’s appearance on Off the Ball in November was one of the most listened to Newstalk Sport interviews of last year.
The Dublin born journalist spoke of his long battle against the culture of doping, and the silence surrounding it, in cycling while recounting the personal cost he had endured as his single minded determination to expose the drug cheats cost him his job and left him facing legal action from cycling’s governing body, the UCI.
With the release of the USADA report on Lance Armstrong and his team of co-conspirators (on October 10th of last year) Kimmage was finally, unequivocally exonerated. For several years most in cycling, and many in sports journalism, had refused to entertain talk of Armstrong’s crimes. Kimmage faced seemingly insurmountable opposition from all sides but, along with his friend and colleague David Walsh, he carried on with his fight.
His interview with Off the Ball was one of the highlights of last year and remains essential listening for anyone trying to grasp just how deep the crimes of Lance Armstrong went and how many innocent people were attacked for attempting to tell the truth.