Cycling commentator Phil Liggett reveals more details about his relationship with Lance Armstrong and how he was hurt by the Texan’s doping confession Phil Liggett (Sunada) Cycling commentator Phil Liggett describes how he turned Lance Armstrong “into a great cyclist” in an interview with the New Zealand Herald , where he insisted he wasn’t “in his pocket”.
This was the accusation that was regularly angled at Liggett during Armstrong’s pomp between 1999 and 2005 , and then in the years afterwards when the commentator defended Armstrong amid doping allegations.
But while Liggett says his was hurt by Armstrong’s confession , he says he finds it hard to hate the former cyclist.
“People say I was in his pocket and strong friends but that’s totally untrue. I was hoping against hope it wasn’t drugs,” Liggett told the Herald .
“I wanted absolute proof before I spoke against him and, despite what they say, they never got the proof. But they got the confession. That’s what counted.
“The guy was still an incredible talent and a brave man. He was virtually dead with cancer but became a life support for millions of sufferers. He spent incredible hours helping those people and raising money.“It’s hard to […]