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David Walsh is the chief sports writer at the Sunday Times and a journalist best known in cycling circles as the man who helped expose Lance Armstrong. Having viewed Armstrong’s 1999 Tour de France return with great scepticism, Walsh spent many years trying to show that the Texan had doped his way to what would amount to seven Tour de France victories.
In early 2013, in the face of mounting evidence of his past transgressions, Armstrong appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to admit to doping throughout his career. More than 13 years after he first started questioning Armstrong’s performances, Walsh had been proven right.
Walsh was recently in Melbourne for the Sports Writers Festival, to speak about his time spent chasing the Armstrong story and CyclingTips’ Australian editor Matt de Neef caught up with Walsh during his visit. In this wide-ranging interview Walsh reflects on what it was like breaking and following a story as big as Armstrong’s, what he learned from his time embedded with Team Sky in 2013, and what he thinks about the recent Fancy Bear leaks of Bradley Wiggins therapeutic use exemption (TUE) forms and what they say about Sky, Wiggins and three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.
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