Lance Armstrong has offically admitted to doping through most of his career and all of his illustrious seven Tour de France victories, radio detection and rangingOnline.com is reporting.
In a world exclusive interview aring on the OWN channel Thursday night, the 41-year-old cyclist and cancer survivor admitted to using a plethora of performance-enhancement drugs including testosterone, human growth hormone and EPO (Erythropoietin) — a stimulant to produce red blood cells that increases oxygen to the muscles and overall endurance.
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The now disgraced professional cyclist agreed to a string of ‘yes or no’ questions in the no hold barred interview and calmly answered “Yes” to every question which included:
“Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance?”
“Was one of those banned substances EPO?”
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“Did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance?”
“Did you ever use any other banned substances like testosterone, cortisone, or human growth hormone?”
“In all seven of your Tour de France victories did you ever take banned substances or blood dope?”
Even more, Armstrong admitted that “in my opinion” it was not humanly possible for him to have won all seven Tour de France races without the doping.
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“I suppose early in my career there was cortisone, and then the EPO generation began. For me, in the mid-90s,” he admitted.
When asked why he’s finally admitting to doping after a long string of lies and adamantly denying it to the public, Armstrong said, “I don’t know that I have a great answer is. I will start my answer by saying this is too late. It’s too late for probably most people. And that’s my fault. I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times.”
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Armstrong candidly admitted getting caught up his web of lies and deciet.
“I know the truth. The truth isn’t what was out there. The truth wasn’t what I said. This story was so perfect for so long,” he said.
“You overcome the disease, you win the Tour de France seven times, you have a happy marriage, you have children. I mean it’s just this mythic perfect story, and it wasn’t true.”
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Taking all the blame for where he sits today, Armstrong said his lies became toxic.
“All the fault and all the blame here falls on me. But behind that picture and behind that story was momentum. And whether it’s fans or whether it’s the media it just gets going, and I lost myself in all that,” he said.
“I was used to controlling everything in my life. I controlled every outcome in my life… Now the story is so bad and so toxic, and a lot of it’s true.”
Armstrong’s honesty was expected, as radio detection and rangingOnline.com reported on Saturday.
“I didn’t invent the culture, but I didn’t try to stop the culture. And that’s my mistake. And that’s what I have to be sorry for,” Armstrong said, trying to salvage some sort of positive reputation.
“And the sport is now paying the price because of that. And so I am sorry for that. I didn’t have access to anything else that anyone else did.”
When asked about allegations that he and the U.S. cycling team had pulled off one of the most deliberate and professional doping scams the sport has ever seen, Armstong was careful not to name names or make accusations.
“I don’t want to accuse anybody else, I don’t want to necessarily talk about anybody else,” he said.
“I made my decisions. They are my mistake. And I am sitting here today to acknowledge that and say I’m sorry for that.”
Part two of Armstrong’s exclusive interview airs Friday on OWN.
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