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Friend of Lance Armstrong speaks out about doping scandal

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PHOENIX -

A man who's known Lance Armstrong since he was a teen, has a theory on why the cyclist is seemingly coming clean now.

Bob Babbitt has been inducted into the Ironman and Triathlon Hall of Fame and is also the co-founder of Competitor magazine.

While in Phoenix for the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll marathon, he's spoke out about Armstrong and why he's saying what he's saying now.

"Lance is the most freakish athlete I have ever met or covered in my life," said Babbitt.

Babbitt is an Ironman hall of famer, host of Competitor Radio and co-founder of Competitor magazine. He says he first met Lance Armstrong when he was 15-years-old and racing as a professional athlete.

"Age of 15 he was coming out of the water with the biggest names in the world of triathlon. Dave Scott, Mike Allen, Scott Molina, he was one of the best guys at the age of 15-years-old," said Babbitt.

He watched Armstrong's interview with Oprah this week, where he confessed to doping.

"I'm conflicted in a number ways. One, I still think he's the most freakish athlete I've ever met. Two, I think there's an ulterior motive for him coming out right now," said Babbitt.

Babbitt believes Armstrong is eyeing the Ironman.

"He's saying in the interviews last time he doped was 2005. Do the math, it's 2013, he could go and if all of a sudden his ban goes to eight years, I'm back racing, I'm going to Ironman and he could potentially win and put himself right back on the map," said Babbitt.

Babbitt brought a book written and signed by Armstrong's coach.

"The book is called 'We Might as Well Win' and it's 'To Bob'. Whatever it takes, well, it sort of has a different meaning now than it did then," said Babbitt.

He says for cycling and Livestrong to move forward, Armstrong has to come totally clean, under oath, revealing how the process worked and who helped him.
 
"I think he thought he needed that platform to raise money for cancer and he can rationalize what he was doing. He didn't care who he stepped on to get to the top, but he needed to win to continue to be that role model for cancer survivors," said Babbitt.

Babbitt also calls Armstrong a bully, saying Armstrong, who was on his radio show for years, wouldn't go on it again after he featured some folks who were outspoken about the cyclist doping.

He says you were either on the Lance train or you weren't.

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