- Lance Armstrong has Tour de France podcast
- Ex-cyclist says it has given him a platform
- Billed as the Tour's "guilty pleasure"
- Texan still has federal lawsuit looming
Lance Armstrong is back in cycling, in a way. Still an outcast to the race, instead he has set up a daily podcast recorded from a small office at the end of the garden of his Austin home, and at occasional other venues nearby.
The 45-year-old is as knowledgeable as you'd expect for a veteran of 13 Tours. Topics have ranged widely from criticizing race organizers for ending the Tour's Queen stage on a treacherous descent to having a hangover as a result of too much rosé wine during his July 4 celebrations.
Fresh off the airwaves of his latest podcast, known as "Stages
," Armstrong tells CNN: "I had two platforms before [his public mea culpa
to doping four years ago]: cycling and cancer.
"I'm not saying it's right or wrong but they went overnight, not just the cycling but the cancer. A man with no platform is a lost man."
This is not Armstrong's first podcast. For the past few months, he has had one called "The Forward" [disassociating himself from the past] in which guests have ranged from the author Malcolm Gladwell to the former NFL quarterback Brett Favre.