When asked about whether he was doing the interview with Oprah so that he would be able to race again, Lance Armstrong replied 'hell yes'.
Do I want to compete again. The answer is 'hell yes. I am a competitor. It's what I have done my whole life. I love to train, I love to race, I love to tow the line. I don't expect it to happen. Not the Tour de France, but there are a lot of other things that I could do, but I can't. With this penalty, with this punishment - and I made my bed - but if there was ever window, would I like to run the Chicago marathon when I am 50? I would love to do that, and I can't.
Lance Armstrong cannot expect to be redeemed after his brief TV confession. Names must be named.
Tyler Hamilton, a former team-mate of Lance Armstrong who implicated him in the doping scandal, has told ITV News, "I'm proud of him".
The self-flagellation makes for gripping television but it does not really amount to much in the long run.