As has been said upthread, CBS 60 Minutes wanted to go harder on Lance but Lance's lawyers wrote a letter prompting them to leave certain things out of it. What things? Nobody knows. But fair to assume it was considered too speculative.
Lies or no lies, anybody's guess at this point.
But Betsy should've been more cautious, that's obvious. Still, in time she may be vindicated.
A few months ago I would have said "no way" as I was under the naive assumption that Cancellara 2010 was a pioneer. He clearly wasn't.
Right now I wouldn't be surprised to hear Lance had a motor, though i'm still not convinced.
Yes, she could.
Even if, so far, the evidences that Armstrong never used a motor are far greater than the evidences that he did.
On one side :
- Ferrari not knowing about motors (he asked Varjas about it around 2013-2014) while being the one who helped Armstrong to chose his bikes in the 2000's
- Absolutely no one (ex-employee, mechanics, Mike Anderson, teamates) having witnessed mechanical doping despite multiple investigations
- The alleged
confirmation by Varjas that he didn't sold his technology to Armstrong. (Granted, this is from Armstrong legal team, but I guess there would have been some denials if it was a false afirmation, so I give it some credit)
Contacted by Bicycling, Armstrong denied ever having used a motor in a race, and said that his legal representatives had recently spoken with Varjas. “He confirmed to us that he never sold that technology to me, to anyone on the team or to anyone associated with me,” Armstrong said, and asserted that such information had been provided to 60 Minutes. Michael Rey, one of the two producers on the 60 Minutes piece, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
- Armstrong not being the wealthiest rider in the pro tour in 98 having been out for more than one year and not sure he could come back. 2 millions is a lot of money if you're 26, not sure you will be working in 2 years and if the cancer will come back one day.
On the other side :
- Armstrong was the one winning in 99/2005 so it makes no sense another rider was using a motor during that time (but are we even sure it was used back then???)
- The exclusivity deal Varjas claims having made reminds a little bit
the deal between Armstrong and Ferrari
The only reason Armstrong is so much under suspicion is because world was passed for weeks that 60 minutes was going to expose him (we're coming back to Betsy
Anyway, yes, she may be vindicated in time. That's why I didn't include the motors story in my sample of lies