Armstrong accuser feels vindicated in Lausanne

Betsy Andreu, one of the first people to attest that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong took banned substances, told AFP that despite him "trying to destroy" her life she felt like she had won by testifying to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Lausanne on Tuesday.

Armstrong accuser feels vindicated in Lausanne
Betsy Andreu speaking at a press conference for "The Armstrong Lie", a film shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America/AFP

Andreu, wife of former Armstrong team-mate and fellow doper Frankie, added that because of her and her husband being among the few people to testify about Armstrong and doping in the sport they were still not welcome among the
American cycling fraternity.
"He (Armstrong) tried to destroy my entire life and during 10 years he tried to destroy my reputation," she told AFP after speaking in front of WADA members in Lausanne.
"But the truth has emerged and it's a victory for me to be here today and to talk to WADA's members," added Andreu, who has been subjected to years of pressure by Armstrong and his inner circle.
Andreu, who along with her husband testified under oath in 2006 that Armstrong was doping as early as 1996, said being cold shouldered by the cycling community was especially hurtful to her husband, who rode with Armstrong in both the Motorola team in the early 1990s and the the US Postal team from 1998-2000.
"We are still persona non grata in American cycling," she said.
"Cycling is my husband's passion, he's been riding since he was ten."
Andreu, who saw her and her husband's courage in coming forward rewarded in 2012 when Armstrong was given a life ban and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, said the impact on their three children had been to turn them
away from the sport.
"Education is important," Andreu said.

"They should start testing juniors," she said.
"What happened to Frankie is a lesson to my kids," Andreu said.

"He did wrong but he admitted to it," she said.

"He wanted to be a clean cycler but Lance said 'No'."
Andreu said none of her children, two boys and one girl, have taken up their father's sport.

"The eldest, Frankie Junior, plays hockey, our girl plays soccer and the last one plays baseball, but no one does cycling."

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