“ Lance Armstrong ´´ Admits using drugs for Tour de France


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.”

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year.

He said his supporters had the right to feel betrayed: “I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologise to people.”

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.

 British Olympic gold medallist, cyclist Nicole Cooke, says she thinks his actions were ‘disgusting’, while tennis superstar Novak Djokovic says Armstrong should have all his titles taken away.

16 thoughts on ““ Lance Armstrong ´´ Admits using drugs for Tour de France

  1. I think it was right to confess, because sooner or later they would show,this news is very hard for cycling,I also seems a shame doping in any sports competition. 😀

  2. Thanks, Carlos, for your post.
    I was also shocked when I heard about it. Anyway, I don’t think he could have won as many competitions as he did if he weren’t a great athlete.
    I agree with Chakib: he was right to confess and I hope he can still prove that he is a great sportsman.

  3. Lance Armstorg always was and will be the best sportsman and the best cyclist. He exceeded a cancer. Cycling is the only sport where athletes are doped? No, already Why is the only sport who are they sanctioned?. Lance Armstrog won seven tour and He always will be the winner. He deserves our support. I´m a big fan Lance Armstrong.

  4. I think is disgrace for the sport because he cheated many people around the world with his career, with his life story, and for me it is a shame for the world sport.

  5. Is amazing how Armstrong have deceived evereone. 7 years liyng and laughting of us. I’m not agree with Javi, he`s an impostor.

  6. About Lance Armstrong say me well to doping.
    I think sincere. But I think it bothers him to do that.
    Because when someone says that to achieve your goals you have to work for it.

  7. Well, I’m really think that he’s a lier, and a fraudster. He hasn’t got sense of shame. He looked like the perfect sportsman, and this has do the thing worst. And in fact, that he confess that he have illegal substances on TV was the drop that full the glass. His behaviour let down lot of people, people who did trust in he. And people like he spoil the name of cycling.

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