Liggett: It's hard to simply say, 'I hate Lance Armstrong.' And I never would

Cycling commentator Phil Liggett reveals more details about his relationship with Lance Armstrong and how he was hurt by the Texan's doping confession

Phil Liggett (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Cycling commentator Phil Liggett describes how he turned Lance Armstrong "into a great cyclist" in an interview with the New Zealand Herald, where he insisted he wasn't "in his pocket".

This was the accusation that was regularly angled at Liggett during Armstrong's pomp between 1999 and 2005, and then in the years afterwards when the commentator defended Armstrong amid doping allegations.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.