Friday, January 18, 2013

Armstrong: I doped on all seven Tour de France wins

Armstrong tells all to TV's Oprah Winfrey

After years of denial, 41 year old Lance Armstrong has backpedaled in a confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday night.

He admitted unequivocally to using performance enhancing drugs in his seven Tour de France wins.

Did he use the blood enhancing hormone EPO? Steroids? and other blood doping?

Armstrong answered "yes" on all counts.

The former cycling great, who has been stripped of his Tour de France titles and an Olympic bronze medal, blamed no one but himself for his doping decisions.

He said:  “I view this situation as one big lie, which I repeated a lot of times. I know the truth — the truth wasn’t out there, the truth wasn’t what I said.

“The story was so perfect for so long. It was this mythic perfect story and that wasn’t true.

“I’m a flawed character, as you well know. All the fault, all the blame here is on me.

“Now the story is so bad and so toxic — and a lot of it is true.”

“I didn’t invent the culture, but I didn’t try and stop the culture.

“That’s my mistake and that was wrong and that is what I have to be sorry for. And the sport is now paying the price. I am sorry for that.” He added.

The question is why now? There must be something at stake.

''Somebody as arrogant as Lance Armstrong doesn't just give up because he feels guilty or he's too tired to fight. And if he's telling all now, after all this lying, you have to wonder what he's NOT telling? says Donna Anderson

It's not only the lying and cheating that's despicable, but also the fact that he threatened fellow team mates and anyone who dared to expose him.


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