On ya bike, Lance

By Diana Wichtel In Television

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24th January, 2013
It’s hard to say who claimed the yellow jersey for Oprah’s feverishly promoted, drearily drawn out Tour de Lance. It wasn’t viewers. Armstrong’s admissions didn’t rank very highly on the celebrity mea culpa leader board except, perhaps, for the truly impressive ad-to-confession ratio. The spectacle began with a fairground huckster-ish voice-over – “Live around the world! After years of denial!” – that promised a cross between classical tragedy and Sale of the Century. Still, here was some insight into the gruelling nature of endurance sport. You needed a banned performance-enhancing ...

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