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.