Local Bike Race Promoter Speaks About Armstrong and Doping

Posted at: 01/18/2013 10:42 PM
Updated at: 01/18/2013 10:56 PM
By: Todd Wilson

In the 13 years Dave Laporte has promoted the Nature Valley Grand Prix, he says, he has never had a positive test result from a rider.

"It's been absolutely crystal clean," LaPorte said.

The Nature Valley Grand Prix started out as one race. Over the years it has grown into a five day, 6 stage race. It is one of America's biggest bike races. to keep it clean Laporte says, every year he requests that the United States Anti-Doping Agency otherwise known as U.S.A.D.A. to be there.

"They want the teams to never know when they are going to show up. The surprise factor," LaPorte said.

Being one of America's premiere bike race promoters Laporte says, he was compelled to watch Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Thursday night. He says, to him, Lance didn't come across very remorseful.

"If he had really seen the error of his ways, I believe that he would be working to clean up the sport. That he would be naming names," LaPorte said.

Laporte says, if he had a chance to speak with Lance Armstrong he would tell him . . .

"Come clean, it's time to tell everything that you know. Don't hold back, don't worry about who's toes you step on, those toes probably deserve to be stepped on," LaPorte said.