David B wrote:
David Millar may not be everyone's cup of tea, but having read Racing Through the Dark twice now, at least the consequences of his actions in terms of his own future and that of others dawned on him after the event. I don't get the same impression with Armstrong - it's more "carry on regardless*, to hell with the rest of 'em".
*Not in a Sid James way, obviously.
David Millar, if we are to believe, had a comparitively short and, ahem, 'tame' doping career in compared to what has been admitted by L.A. When D.M. was being beaten up by the press, courts, tax and so on, the consequences of his actions became a lot clearer to him at that point. Millar has become more vocal in recent times, but remember that he has been sat quietly on a team of riders who have only just confessed to their past. I think that now his team has played their cards, we will see a more forthright Millar, well, lets hope so.
Back to L.A. Thus far, apart from losing sponsorship deals and his foundation, which were pretty logical, the 'consequences' of his actions have been less stark and they have not all played out yet. Sure he has lost a lot of money, but then he has quite a bit anyway. The public have spoken and thus he had to respond.
The bigger picture to this interview is what has been left out. It is about those not talked about, those not implicated and those who are still persuing this. This interview, though perhaps not rehearsed, was worded pretty carefully because he knows he still has some thin ice to skate over.
L.A. has 15 years of lying to fix. Lies told for so long and to so many people, they are to him as truthful as it gets. The interview was essentially for Lance, Oprah, and the largesse of the world who roughly give a toss about who he is and can be placated by a simple 'sorry' and get on with their lives.