Jørgen Leth, danish poet and film maker,
Full version of Leth's famous documentary on the 74. edition of the Paris-Roubaix)
and a long time expert commentator on bike race transmissions on danish TV2, today comments on the recent doping admissions here:
It's in danish, but use google translate and maybe, if you're lucky, it will make sense.
I've translated one part of the comment that really speaks volumes about Jørgen Leth:
"-It was with big interest that I read the USADA protocol regarding Floyd Landis. I've read Tyler Hamilton's book and with great pleasure I watched both parts of the Oprah Winfrey interviews.
-Volumes and details are far preferable to the dailypress ultrashort summary.
We don't know what Michael Rasmussen has told the doping authorities. He has chosen not to speak about it.
-But the big difference between Lance Armstrong and Michael Rasmussen's penance is that Armstrong did not mention any names, did not point to others, whereas it appears that Michael Rasmussen would like to contribute to a major cleansing. He thinks it's ok to be a snitcher
-I liked Armstrong for the position he revealed. I think it was a fine setting for a nobel confession
. LA was only interested in bringing out his own sins. What he did and how he saw it all.
-I guess you can say that his professed ex-teammates in advance had filled out all holes"
Jørgen Leth was quoted for this the day after the Oprah interviews here:
"-It was a very humble Lance, it must be said. He let himself be totally undressed. He took one shock after the other. And he did it in a sympatic way. He was really humbled by the process. He had to admit to his lies and he behaved properly to those people he have bullied along the way. He did put a lot of things into where they belong. He was pronounced humiliated by the conversation and he saw it as a new chance in life. A new chance to show himself as a more humane person than he has expressed in the past".
And he concludes:
"-A man who confesses deserves to be forgiven. And I'm ready."
Now, I used to respect Jørgen Leth. Those days are over now!