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Confession? Waterworks? Finger-pointing? Maillots jaunes on display? Take a punt on your hunches

Paddy Power has become the latest bookmaker to offer odds on what Lance Armstrong may or may not say during his interview with Oprah Winfrey next week.

Yesterday, Ladbrokes revealed on Twitter that it had opened a market on “buzz words” that the disgraced cyclist might use during what some believe may be a confession to doping during the programme, to be screened next Thursday evening at 9pm Eastern time. It will also be streamed online.

Odds offered by Ladbrokes include 4/1 ON for Armstrong saying “sorry,” a nice looking price of 2/1 for his utterance of the word “conspiracy,” or 4/1 for mentioning the name “Floyd Landis.”

Rather than confine itself to individual words or phrases, Paddy Power’s odds look more at the wider content of the interview. Here they are.

To confess to using banned performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career 1/6

To cry tears during the interview 4/9

To accuse another professional cyclist by name of taking performance enhancing drugs illegally 3/1

To be interviewed in a room with the framed yellow jerseys 3/1

To deny outright that he has ever used performance enhancing drugs in any way at any time 16/5

To make an apology to Paul Kimmage during the interview 5/1

To wear a yellow short [presumably that should be shirt – ed] or tie 9/1

To jump up and down on the sofa 20/1

It's Not About The Bike to be included in Oprah's book club 25/1

Some terms and conditions apply – including single, not combination bets, any admission to using performance enhancing drugs must be to ones that were banned at the time he used them, and those framed yellow jerseys must be visible in shot.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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ir_bandito [58 posts] 3 years ago
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Tonnio [37 posts] 3 years ago
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I go for

I had to perpetuate the lie.  20

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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5 to 1 to apologise to Paul Kimmage? As usual the bookies are throwing money away.

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 3 years ago
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He'll have to be very careful for what he says. A lot of people will be waiting for him to admit liability. He did use very heavy-handed tactics against his accusers in the past. There are many people who had to pay enormous legal bills for damages. And since he was lying, they'll be wanting it all back.

I'd be very surprised indeed if he says much at all. In fact, there's a good chance he'll find someone else to blame.

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Chuffy [201 posts] 3 years ago
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I love this. It suggests that people are treating the whole charade with the contempt it deserves. There are also variations on bullshit bingo doing the rounds.

I notice they don't have 'conspiracy', 'witchhunt' or 'unconstitutional' on the list....  39

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Pitstone Peddler [104 posts] 3 years ago
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Nor 'statute of limitations'

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 3 years ago
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You can get 'conspiracy' at Ladbrokes, they're doing single words be very surprised if 'witchhunt' or 'unconstitutional' weren't on there either

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TheHatter [770 posts] 3 years ago
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To deny outright at better than 3's sounds like the standout bet to me, unless the bookies know something...

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Mat Brett [599 posts] 3 years ago
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I reckon he's going to say, "I'd have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling kids." Then he's going to pull his Lance Armstrong mask off and reveal that it was Ben Johnson off of the 100m all along.

I'd be surprised if that didn't happen.

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Chuffy [201 posts] 3 years ago
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Mat Brett wrote:

I reckon he's going to say, "I'd have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling kids." Then he's going to pull his Lance Armstrong mask off and reveal that it was Ben Johnson off of the 100m all along.

I'd be surprised if that didn't happen.

Kindly post this on Facebook. I wish to Like this post many times.  4

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Squiggle [403 posts] 3 years ago
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How many times will he say "tourdefrance" like it's one word? I reckon at least once every 2nd sentence.  39

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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They are missing one certain phrase "I never tested positive"  19

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fiftyacorn [89 posts] 3 years ago
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I want the odds on armstrong becoming a born-again christian, and rebranding himself as a TV evangelist

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John_the_Monkey [436 posts] 3 years ago
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"Why isn't Tygart out catching REAL criminals?"

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mingmong [254 posts] 3 years ago
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Mat, that is a great post.

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bobbylama [13 posts] 3 years ago
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Can he bet on himself? Then watch for some jumping on the sofa... he is in need of some quick cash.

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Paulo [112 posts] 3 years ago
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Mat Brett wrote:

I reckon he's going to say, "I'd have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling kids." Then he's going to pull his Lance Armstrong mask off and reveal that it was Ben Johnson off of the 100m all along.

I'd be surprised if that didn't happen.

Thats classic mate  21 pretty funny stuff... I'd love that to happen

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LeDomestique [34 posts] 3 years ago
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My bet is that he says Jesus and the Good Nooos helped him through. The American fallen always find God in the end.

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Squiggle [403 posts] 3 years ago
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John_the_Monkey wrote:

"Why isn't Tygart out catching REAL criminals?"

I think you're getting mixed up with Detective Inspector Jim TAGGART.  39

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teamrocket13 [72 posts] 3 years ago
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Brilliant