Lance angered by French TV
Lance Armstrong hits out after French TV channel tries to search his hotel room after his departure.
Lance Armstrong tonight spoke of his shock and indignation at attempts by a French television crew to gain access to his hotel room in Issour – near where stage 11 of the Tour de France set out from Saint Flour – on Wednesday morning. “Just this morning, after we left the hotel, a TV crew from France 3 was going to the hotel, the reception, to the owner, asking for our room, trying to get in our room,” Armstrong said. The five-time Tour winner went on to call the tactics “scandalous.” He then spoke of his fear that the journalists may have been trying to ‘plant’ illicit products in his room. “They show up and they ask sporting questions to our face, but as soon as they leave they’re digging in the rooms and looking for dirt,” Armstrong seethed. “If you left a B vitamin sitting there, that would get on TV and that would be a scandal. That’s what we have to live with every day. “This particular guy from France 3 has been following us for months and it’s scandalous. The scary thing is, if they don’t find anything and get frustrated after a couple of months … well, who’s to say they won’t put something there and say ‘look what we’ve found.’ News of this, Armstrong’s latest set-to with the media, is sure to compound the outrage caused by comments from former Tour winner and compatriot Greg LeMond, published in today’s edition of Le Monde (see separate story). It is also likely to increase Armstrong’s ill-feeling towards French state broadcaster France 3. Four years ago it was a camera crew from the same channel which filmed members of Armstrong’s US Postal staff dumping syringes and medical refuse in a roadside lay-by during the Tour de France. A subsequent judicial inquiry into the US Postal team was later dropped because of a lack of evidence.