Richard Moore: 'Lance Armstrong too late for redemption'

Lance Armstrong in front of a Tour de France brand board in 2010
Former Team GB cyclist Richard Moore says that Lance Armstrong has no chance of "redemption" after he admitted to doping throughout his career.

Former Team GB cyclist Richard Moore has criticised Lance Armstrong following his doping admission and has insisted that there is nothing "honourable" about his confession.

The disgraced cyclist confirmed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career, which included seven record Tour de France titles.

While some have welcomed Armstrong's admission, Moore believes that the sport will be unable to move on until everyone that helped the Texan cheat is exposed.

"Armstrong has so consistently denied doping for so long that there's very little that's honourable about this confession," said Moore via Skype. "He had an opportunity a few months ago to speak to the US Anti-Doping Agency and he turned that opportunity down.

"That possibly could have allowed him to at some point even return to sport in some way, I know he is desperate to compete again, but the very most he can hope for now is a lifetime ban reduced to an eight-year ban.

"I think it may be too late for redemption for Armstrong. It's not really about him, he didn't do it alone, people helped him, and until we know who they were and how they did it I don't think that the sport can really move forward."

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and hit with a lifetime ban following the USADA's report.

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