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by Alison Willmore
October 24, 2012 4:16 PM
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In the Wake of Doping Allegations, CNN Plans to Air 'The World According to Lance Armstrong'

Lance Armstrong is in the midst of an extended fall from grace following allegations of performance-enhancing drug use he continues to deny but isn't contesting. In August he was stripped of all competitive results from the past 14 years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and banned from professional cycling for life, and on Monday he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the International Cycling Union.

With all eyes on the scandal, CNN has acquired the Australian documentary "The World According to Lance Armstrong" with plans to air it this Saturday, October 27th at 9pm, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Produced for Australian TV for the "Four Corners" program and hosted by reporter Quentin McDermott, the documentary (which premiered on ABC Australia on October 15th) aims to showcase the people who broke the "code of silence" regarding Armstrong's alleged drug use, including interviews with Armstrong's former teammate Tyler Hamilton and once friends Betsy and Frankie Andreu. Armstrong critic Greg Lemond presents evidence suggesting sponsors applied pressure to cover up Armstrong's doping to protect their corporate images.

The 45-minute film also includes footage of Armstrong's 2005 deposition, given in response to a lawsuit from SCA Promotions, who fought to avoid paying the cyclist a contracted $5 million bonus for willing the Tour de France. Armstrong won and the company was forced to pay $12 million, including Armstrong's legal fees.

Take a look at CNN's teaser for the special below.


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  • robm | October 24, 2012 8:15 PMReply

    This is a great Doco from "Four Corners" one of the longest running series of its kind in the world. Not sensationalised or preachy, but exhaustive and comonfronting. It willl be a sad day when this show loses more funding than it already has and ceases altogether, as it is it can only aford to produce a half a dozen of these expose`s a year whereas it used to produced groundbreaking stuff all the time a few years ago. Glad to see it finally getting some international recognition.