January 17th, 2013
11:35 PM ET

Betsy Andreu 'furious' at Armstrong

Editor's note: Don't miss Betsy Andreu live on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET tonight after the conclusion of Part II of Lance Armstrong's interview.

Betsy Andreu, wife of Lance Armstrongs former teammate Frankie Andreu, reacts immediately after seeing Armstrong's interview with Oprah. She says she is disappointed and furious that he didn't tell the truth.

"You owed it to me Lance, and you dropped the ball. After what you've done to me, what you've done to my family, and you couldn't own up to it. And now we're supposed to believe you? You have one chance at the truth. This is it," said Andreu.

She told Anderson Cooper what angered her most about the interview was his refusal to admit she and her husband were telling the truth about overhearing him tell doctors he was using performance-enhancing drugs in 1996. The couple testified about the incident in 2005.

"If the hospital room didn't happen, just say it didn't happen. But he won't do it because it did happen," said Andreu, visibly upset by what she sees as Armstrong's lack of transparency.

Oprah specifically asked Armstrong about his relationship with Betsy and Frank Andreu and a recent 40 minute phone call they had. He told Oprah he hasn't made peace with them, pausing before saying it's because "they've been hurt too badly."

Armstrong shared one part of the conversation with Betsy, guessing she wouldn't object. "I said listen, I called you crazy. I called you a bitch. I called you all these things. But I never called you fat."

It was a glimpse into what she had been going through for years. "I guess we know why I was...putting up with that. How would you act?" She added, "He shouldn't have done Oprah. This is going to be a long process for him, but he's approaching it the wrong way."

Andreu became increasingly emotional talking about her husband's cycling career, which they believe was ruined because Frankie refused to cheat, as she says Armstrong had wanted him to while on his team. "Frankie rode the 2000 tour clean, the vast majority of his career was clean, what was his reward? He didn't get compensated for that tour win and he lost his job and his career was derailed," she said. "That's going up against Lance Armstrong."

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