By now you probably heard or saw Lance Armstrong make his official cheating declaration to Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong, a cancer survivor, was the most decorated cyclist ever with a record seven Tour de France victories. With his admission last night of taking performance enhancing drugs throughout his career, those yellow jackets have all been taken away and the monumental sporting achievement was all but erased from memory.
Al Trautwig offered a unique perspective into the one-time superhero’s persona. Trautwig, who called the Tour De France during the “Armstrong Era,” spoke to Newsday about the first time he saw the future champion. It was 1992, in preparation for the Barcelona Olympics on NBC.
“… We went to interview him at the house that he was living in. And the only way I can describe it is for what Lance Armstrong was in 1992, he was an overly cocky, arrogant jerk. He just was. That’s what I came away feeling,” Trautwig tells Newsday’s Neil Best.