Former Lance Armstrong teammate Andreu says 'I told the truth' - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Former Lance Armstrong teammate Andreu says 'I told the truth'

Posted: Updated:

By Alexis Wiley
Fox 2 News

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -- Frankie Andreu says Lance Armstrong and his supporters were willing to do almost anything to protect his reputation and hide the dirty secret behind so much success and they hurt a lot of people in the process.

"The message that you're sending to high school athletes and even below that is that the only way they can keep going up that next level is if they're taking stuff.  So you have to stop it at the top," he said.

What Armstong reportedly admitted to Oprah is what Andreu and his wife, Betsy, have known all along.  Andreu and Armstrong were close friends and teammates for ten years.  Together they won two Tour de France titles.  Armstrong went on to win more, but Andreu said what he heard Armstrong admit in a hospital room in 1996 may explain why he had such a winning edge.

"A doctor asked him if he had been taking any performance enhancing drugs.  He rattled off a slew of like five of them."

"Our eyes popped out of our head.  It was a shocker."

Ten years later, Andreu was subpoenaed and forced to testify.

"I didn't want to go to jail, so I choose to tell the truth," he said.

And telling the truth cost him nearly everything.

"He set out to protect his name, which meant destroying anybody that crossed his path and, of course, we were in that path," said Andreu.  "I lost my job in 2000.  I wasn't rehired by the team I was with."

"It was connected to him," he continued.  "He's very influential in cycling, so there [are] many other jobs that just never came around because either you supported Lance Armstrong or you believed the truth."

That truth became undeniable after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report detailed Armstong's doping scheme and the superstar athlete lost his tour titles and endorsements.  Months later, it appears Armstrong is ready to come clean.

What was Andreu's reaction when he heard Armstrong was finally going to admit what he had been saying all along?

"I didn't believe it.  It's been a long time coming," he said.  "Instead of walking around kind of humped over not sure how the reaction of other people are going to be, I can hold my head up high because I told the truth and the truth has come out."

Andreu told me he will watch Armstrong's interview with Oprah, but he hopes this leads to bigger questions because he and many others say Armstong did not do this alone.  There are people who profited from his success and may have helped him cheat the system.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Benefit for injured Grosse Pointe Park Police officer

    Benefit for injured Grosse Pointe Park Police officer

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:18:15 GMT
    48-year-old Keith Andersen retired in February from the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department. On June 21, he was involved in a roll over accident where he suffered a broken neck. As of now Keith has no movement in his the lower half of his body. The Fraternal Order of Police, Grosse Pointe Lodge 102 is holding a fundraiser for Keith on Aug 5th. Amy Lange will have a full report on Fox 2 News at 5:00 p.m.
    48-year-old Keith Andersen retired in February from the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department. On June 21, he was involved in a roll over accident where he suffered a broken neck. As of now Keith has no movement in his the lower half of his body. The Fraternal Order of Police, Grosse Pointe Lodge 102 is holding a fundraiser for Keith on Aug 5th. Amy Lange will have a full report on Fox 2 News at 5:00 p.m.
  • Teenager's body discovered in wooded area in Armada

    Teenager's body discovered in wooded area in Armada

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:37:19 GMT
    Police in Armad Township tell Fox 2's Roop Raj that the body of a 14-year-old female teen has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada.
    Police in Armad Township tell Fox 2's Roop Raj that the body of a 14-year-old female teen has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada.
  • Judge rules Warren Evans can stay on the ballot

    Judge rules Warren Evans can stay on the ballot

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:16:52 GMT
    A judge ruled Friday, Warren Evans will stay on the August primary ballot for Wayne County Executive.
    A judge ruled Friday, Warren Evans will stay on the August primary ballot for Wayne County Executive.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices