The Sunday Times will this evening be live streaming a discussion, Chasing Lance, with its chief sports writer, David Walsh, who was last week named journalist of the year at the British Journalism Awards for his investigation of Lance Armstrong, dating back 13 years, which culminated in the Texan being banned from sport for life and stripped of hsi seven Tour de France victories.
USADA's decision in the Armstrong case vindicated both Walsh and The Sunday Times - in 2004 the newspaper had settled a libel action brought by the Texan out of court, and is now said to be considering whether to take steps to recoup the substantial sum it paid to him.
In 2004, Walsh, together with Pierre Ballester, pubished LA Confidentiel, which has never been published in English. Many of the allegations against Armstrong in that book were reported in USADA's Reasoned Decision. Walsh's latest book, Seven Deadly Sins, is published today.
Judges at the British Journalism Awards acknowledged that Walsh's determination to uncover the truth about Armstrong had resulted in him becoming a "pariah for years" with in cycling, according to a report in the Guardian earlier this month.
"He pursued it and pursued it and the US Anti-Doping Agency would never have pursued this if it hadn't been for David Walsh," said the judges. "It was a fine example of great investigative journalism."
Walsh also won the sports journalist of the year category.
The sold-out discussion, which will be hosted by Sunday Times News Review Editor Alan Hunter, starts at 7.45pm this evening and is available to watch free on the Sunday Times website.
Times subscribers also have an option to watch on Android or iOS devices, assuming they have the appropriate app downloaded. Twitter users will be able to ask Walsh questions using the hashtag, #WalshLive.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.