Friday 28 October 2016

'I was a complete d**khead' - Lance Armstrong anxious to sit down with Paul Kimmage and apologise

Published 07/10/2016 | 20:41

Lance Armstrong and Paul Kimmage
Lance Armstrong and Paul Kimmage

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reaffirmed his desire to sit down for an interview with renowned Irish journalist Paul Kimmage.

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Armstrong challenged Paul Kimmage to take over as chief interviewer for his appearance at the One Zero conference in Dublin later this month but the offer was declined.

Sunday Independent columnist Kimmage was a prominent figure in the long-running and exhaustive investigations that ended with Armstrong admitting he had taken drugs throughout his cycling career, including his seven Tour De France wins between 1999 and 2005.

The American sporting icon was subsequently stripped of those titles after he confirmed he had used performance enhancing drugs to win each race, sparking what has been noted as one of the biggest falls from grace in sporting history.

Armstrong and Kimmage were involved in a memorable confrontation at a press conference before the 2009 Tour of California after the Irishman had referred to him as a 'cancer in cycling'.

Speaking on Off The Ball on Newstalk tonight, Armstrong admitted that he would like to apologise to Kimmage over the incident.

"Paul's an interesting case. I had one interaction with Paul at the press conference in California. I didn't handle it right. I'd love to, whether it's in an interview or over a beer or whatever, I'd sit with Paul any time and say 'Hey, my bad, I'm sorry. I was a complete dickhead."

"He wants to do an interview [...] I think there's a time and a place for he and I to sit down, but truth be told, I don't know Paul Kimmage. I don't have anything against Paul Kimmage.

"There was that one interaction which I'll fully cop to, I'll fully confess to that I was out of line, but sh*t, other than that, I'm happy to sit down with him at some point."

There was a lot of reaction on social media after Armstrong appeared to hang up on presenter Ger Gilroy at the end of their tense 30-minute interview:

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