Anderson denies witnessing bribe

By Roger Vaughan,

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    Australian cycling legend Phil Anderson has denied witnessing Lance Armstrong offer a bribe to help fix a race.

    Two other former cyclists have alleged Armstrong offered inducements to rival competitors during a lucrative 1993 race series in the United States.

    Armstrong scored a $1 million bonus by winning three successive races in the series.

    New Zealander Stephen Swart gave evidence in a court case seven years ago that Armstrong offered his team $50,000 to not ride aggressively in the second race.

    The ABC’s Four Corners program asked Anderson if he was in the room when Armstrong made the offer to Swart’s Coors Light team.

    At the time, Anderson and Armstrong were riding together on the Motorola team.

    “I don’t recall being in that meeting,” Anderson told the program.

    “I mean nah, it’s … $50,000, substantial amount, I’d remember that you know.”

    When contacted by AAP, Anderson strenuously denied witnessing the offer.

    “I have thought long and hard about it and I cannot remember it at all,” Anderson said.

    American Frankie Andreu also alleged that Armstrong offered money to two rival Italian riders during the third race.

    Andreu said he saw Armstrong give the two Italians “a shoe box filled with money” after the race.

    Anderson also said he did not recall Armstrong trying to bribe rivals during the third race.

    Up until now, Armstrong’s downfall has focussed on his doping and bullying of people who tried to expose him for using banned methods.

    Australian anti-doping scientist Mike Ashenden again savaged Armstrong in the same program, calling him a professional and pathological liar.

    Ashenden has insisted Armstrong doped during his 2009-11 competition comeback, something the disgraced cyclist strenuously denied during last month’s Oprah Winfrey interview.

    “He’s a professional liar, for 15 years? – I don’t think anyone should even blink at the prospect of maybe he told one more fib,” Ashenden said.

    He also disputed Armstrong’s denial about making a payment to cycling’s world governing body the UCI to cover up a positive test during the 2001 Tour of Switzerland.

    “Armstrong would have us believe, even today, that he gave that money to improve the fight against doping,” Ashenden said.

    “I mean he’s a doper, giving money to improve the system to try and catch himself, that’s like a robber giving money to a bank to improve their security system.

    “When you have a pathological liar telling you a story as farcical as that, you can be pretty sure there’s something he’s trying to hide.”

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    The Crowd Says (5)

    • February 5th 2013 @ 7:16am
      nickoldschool said | February 5th 2013 @ 7:16am | ! Report

      This was the least convincing denial I have witnessed for a long time. It was not a “no, this didnt happen” but a series of pauses, “hmmm, I dont recall” etc.

      I dont buy it.

    • Roar Guru

      February 5th 2013 @ 10:14am
      delbeato said | February 5th 2013 @ 10:14am | ! Report

      Ha ha I feel sorry for Phil who is a legend of the sport. I reckon he’s too nice a guy – he can’t lie as well as Lance, that’s for sure.

    • Columnist

      February 5th 2013 @ 4:53pm
      Lee Rodgers said | February 5th 2013 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

      It doesn’t make it any more OK but races have been bought since the sport began. Not sure if it’s even illegal according to UCI rules, but deals within the peloton happen all the time…

    • February 5th 2013 @ 8:20pm
      sittingbison said | February 5th 2013 @ 8:20pm | ! Report

      Phil is old school, he completely believes in the adage that the best guy won no matter what the fix or the juice.

      Agree completely on the veracity of the denial, poor bugger was at sixes and sevens.

      Unfortunately for Phil the “I cannot recall” defense doesnt work when you are talking about something heinous. You might not recall small detail…what stage it was, what shirt you wore, or even everyone in the room…but you WOULD recall making a bribe. Sorry Phil.

    • February 5th 2013 @ 10:26pm
      Tom said | February 5th 2013 @ 10:26pm | ! Report

      Phil’s response to that question was straight out of the NSW Labor play book…

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