You are correct that the man has a monetary incentive to sell books. Still, I was quite surprised after reading "From Lance to Landis" and listening to the above interview. He's actually the chief sportwriter for the Sunday Times of London, is a four-time Irish Sportswriter of the Year and a three-time UK Sportswriter of the Year. He's actually legit, despite Lance characterizing him as a tabloid journalist. And yes, I was on the Lance bandwagon and a huge fan untill about 2004 when the weight of evidence against LA became pretty overwhelming (to me anyway). Doesn't mean LA isn't/wasn't a great rider.
LA's tried and trusted modus operandi is control.
When the Walsh/Ballester book was published, and prior to that. the suspicion, allegations and all that, weresurfacing, LA's mindset went into blaming everyone for picking on him. The French hate me, this toilet journalist is nothing but a sandbagger riding on my reputation, etc.
The world's cycling media simply licked and loved all that he stated, simply because it was something from LA.
Anything involving LA, generates media, magazine sales, product sales, thus, why do anything to rock the boat ?
Look at the UCI - questionable decisions, that simply endorse all things LA.
That, is in itself, a leftover from Verbruggen and his LA pandering.
Perhaps LA should run for UCI President - that way he could fix everything.
He might be minded to remember one famous US citizen who once said
"you can fool some of the people, some of the time"