Staff won team sprint gold alongside Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny at the Beijing Olympics and now works on the American track sprint cycling programme.
He claimed Armstrong was no more guilty than many other cyclists of his era. “He’s been kind of a scapegoat really,” Staff told BBC South East Today.
“A lot of people have done it, probably everyone in his generation. If you wanted to finish the course you had to jump on board. He seems to be the one everyone is picking on, probably as he was the most successful.”