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WE WIN CLEAN; Sir Chris slams drug cheat Armstrong for dragging his sport through the dirt.

Byline: Record Reporter reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

OLYMPIC hero Sir Chris Hoy yesterday slammed drug cheat Lance Armstrong for tarnishing his sport.

Sir Chris hit out after Armstrong made a carefully stage-managed confession on the Oprah Winfrey show that he used perfomance-enhancing agent EPO during his record seven Tour de France victories.

The first of Armstrong's two-part interview with Winfrey seemed to have brought him little sympathy.

Sir Chris, Britain's most successful Olympian, spent the day having to defend his sport because of the "greed and deception of a small minority".

Nicole Cooke, the 2008 Olympic road race champion, branded the primetime interview "a pantomime". Cooke said Armstrong had not, so far, named names or revealed how deep the corruption was that allowed him to escape detection for so long. She added: "Lance Armstrong should have been taken to a court, not to an Oprah Winfrey sofa."

After years of denials, the 41-year-old admitted using blood-boosting agent EPO, as well as taking testosterone, human growth hormone and cortisone. He also admitted blood doping.

He has been banned from sport for life and stripped of all his Tour titles - plus the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympics. He has been stripped of all his results from August 1, 1998.

But he denied doping during his comeback in 2009 and 2010.

Sir Chris tweeted: "It's hugely frustrating to have to defend your sport because of the greed and deception of a small minority.

"My team-mates and I will keep doing what we have always done; compete clean and try to win gold medals to show the next generation it IS possible."

British Cycling president Brian Cookson said he believed Armstrong seemed sorry for getting caught.

On Armstrong's claim he stopped doping in 2005, the World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey said: "Armstrong's blood tests show variations in his blood that show with certainty he was doping after 2005.

"I know who to believe."

A global audience heard Armstrong say he believed doping was "part of the process required to win the Tour" and he did not feel he was cheating at the time. He viewed it as a "level playing field".

Armstrong said he did not fear getting caught but now "all the fault and blame" for the situation should lie with him. He added that his cancer fight in the mid-1990s gave him a "win-at-all costs" attitude.

Even in confessing to Winfrey, he admitted that he was hard to trust, adding: "I'm not the most believable guy in the world right now."

(and Tour de France phoney still lying) LANCE Armstrong's body language during his interview suggests he didn't tell the whole truth, experts said yesterday.

Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings pointed out that he put his hand to his mouth at least 20 times, adding: "He almost pinches his lips together when he doesn't want to answer something."

Commenting on the disgraced cyclist's "prayer gesture" when asked if he had doped during his comeback in 2009 and 2010, she said: "That's deflection away from the truth. This is a blatant lie."

Robert Phipps, one of the world's leading body language experts, picked up on the way Armstrong curled one side of his lip upwards at times.

He said: "This shows he's actually quite proud of what he managed to achieve in fooling the authorities, the press, the cycling world and the general public."

Phipps added that Armstrong's actions often contradicted his words - answering "yes" but shaking his head, for example.

Psychologist Mo Shapiro said other body language gave Armstrong away, too - such as having his hands defensively over his crotch and lowering his eyes if he didn't want to talk about something.

She said: "He wasn't prepared to tell the whole story."

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Commenting on the disgraced cyclist's "prayer gesture" when asked if he had doped during his comeback in 2009 and 2010, she said: "That's deflection away from the truth. This is a blatant lie."

Robert Phipps, one of the world's leading body language experts, picked up on the way Armstrong curled one side of his lip upwards at times.

He said: "This shows he's actually quite proud of what he managed to achieve in fooling the authorities, the press, the cycling world and the general public."

Phipps added that Armstrong's actions often contradicted his words - answering "yes" but shaking his head, for example.

LYING He struggles to make any eye contact Psychologist Mo Shapiro said other body language gave Armstrong away, too - such as having his hands defensively over his crotch and lowering his eyes if he didn't want to talk about something.

She said: "He wasn't prepared to tell the whole story."

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