Two doctors were examining Armstrong. One of them asked him if he had ever usedperformance-enhancing drugs in his career. The former world champion started to sum up:growth hormone, cortisones, EPO, steroids, testosterone. Betsy Andreu:
I thought: oh
od. Frankie and I disagree about who looked at whom in consternation. But we were bothin shock. Frankie saw I was upset and said: we
have to go!”
Does she wish to have never witnessed
that conversation? “That
kind of question
doesn’t do me any good”, she bites “because I
did. But okay, I get it. If you asked me if I wouldprefer to never have met Lance Armstrong, then I would say yes.After the hospital scene, it was clear to Frankie Andreu how his wife felt
. If you’re f…
doing that shit,
I’m not going to marry you
, she added. And for Armstrong things were clearpretty soon too. Betsy Andreu
on his side. When he recovered and was about to makehis comeback in cycling, he asked Frankie
what Betsy’s reaction was
. Frankie told him that hiswife became almost hysterical about it.
hen he told the doctors before us in the hospital everything he had used, I thought,oh my God, tha
t’s why he got cancer in the first place”, s
ays Betsy Andreu.
“I don’t care whateverybody says and if it is or isn’t scientifically prove
n, but in my head there is a link betweentestosterone (growth home, steroids) and cancer.
, his wife’s threat didn’t
prevent Frankie Andreu from using EPO. Frankie calls it the
to keep up with the pack. Everybody used something
and those who didn’t,
outpaced. He thought it wasn’t fair what
was going on, so he got on board.He di
dn’t tell his wife. “
But during the Tour of 1999, I knew. Frankie took the lead in theclimb to Sestrières. That was ridiculous. Frankie had always had troubles finishing on time in themountains. It
wasn’t normal for him
to take the lead.
“I asked him wh
en we were on the phone that night
. You’re not a climber, Frankie.
What were you doing, taking the lead? Road racing cycling works this way, he answered. He
to talk about, got angry and hung up.
“At the Tour party
, I refused to congratulate Lance with his victory. Frankie said: wehave
all worked hard, we are tired, why can’t you just shake his hand
? No way
, I said, I don’t
believe any of this, like I would still like to know how you became such a good climber. I stuck
to my guns and I’m glad ab