'Worse than Lance Armstrong': former WADA chief blasts Russian doping

David Howman says that Armstrong sits above Russian dopers for being contrite

Armstrong at the 2003 Tour de France. Photo: Graham Watson

Lance Armstrong's years of doping, lies and cover-ups may seem like the ultimate sporting low-point, but according to a former director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes is even worse.

David Howman, who stepped down from his role in June after 13 years at the helm, said that Russian attempts to cover up and continuously deny doping were worse than Armstrong's years of doping and denials that ended with him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.