Cycling star Lance Armstrong has finally admitted he took drugs to help him win the Tour de France seven times.
After years of denial, the 41-year-old came clean in a TV interview with US host Oprah Winfrey.
“I view this situation as one big lie I repeated a lot of times,” he said. “I made those decisions, they were my mistake and I’m here to say sorry.”
But he felt he wasn’t cheating at the time: “I viewed it as a level playing field.”
When asked if doping was part of the process needed to win the Tour, he said: “That’s like saying we have to have air in our tyres or water in our bottles. It was part of the job.”
Armstrong also admitted in the interview that he was a bully: “I was a bully in the sense that I tried to control the narrative and if I didn’t like what someone said I turned on them.”
The cyclist said he would now co-operate with official inquiries into doping in cycling.
Other top sportspeople have criticised Armstrong’s behaviour.