Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford and other witnesses may be called to give further evidence in Sky package inquiry; Songezo Jim signs with Kuwait – Cartucho.es; Sophie de Boer reveals 2017 team; Stybar to race two cyclocross events next week; Marc Sergeant talks about Lotto Soudal early season plans; Stephen Swart: ‘Lance Armstrong had no intention of picking up the phone’; Rally Cycling holds winter training camp; Hagens Berman-Supermint announces roster; SBS and Fox Sports to broadcast Australian Road National Championships; Cycling UK pressuring Sunday Times to print apology over ‘pro-dooring’ column; Man accused of hitting, dragging cyclist walks free; 89-year-old handing out high-vis vests to cyclists for safety; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour.

Stephen Swart: ‘Lance Armstrong had no intention of picking up the phone’

by CyclingTips

Lance Armstrong was in New Zealand this week to film a commercial for a major brewer, and said that while he was there was keen to speak with former teammate from the Motorola days, Stephen Swart. That was significant as the Swart was one of the first people who came forward to speak publicly about Armstrong’s doping past, divulging in an interview with Sports Illustrated the push by Armstrong to dope as far back as 1995. He also testified for the federal investigation into Armstrong.

Stephen Swart (left) raced with Lance Armstrong on the Motorola team.

Stephen Swart (left) raced with Lance Armstrong on the Motorola team.

Of course the call never happened.

“It’s just a PR stunt on his behalf to make himself look (good) in front of everybody else,” Swart told the New Zealand Herald.

“All the people that he’s hurt over the years, he’s never officially gone in front of them and apologised.”

Swart was initially vilified for speaking out about Armstrong and admitting to his own doping, he said was instigated by Armstrong. But after Armstrong’s admission to doping in 2012 Swart was subsequently named ‘New Zealander of the Year’ for his courage.

Click through to read more at the New Zealand Herald.

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