News: Lance Armstrong says he would cheat all over again

Defrocked cyclist admits his decisions to cheat would likely be same

Yep, he'd do it all again...

Yep, he’d do it all again…

Disgraced former champion cyclist Lance Armstrong said he would take banned substances again if faced with the same circumstances that saw him start doping in 1995, according to an AFP wire story. In an interview with the BBC, the 43-year-old, who has been stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life, said it was not possible to win cleanly when he was dominating the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005 but that the race could now be won by a ‘clean’ rider.

Asked, if he would cheat again, Armstrong said: “If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn’t do it again because I don’t think you have to. If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again.”

Armstrong, who insisted he was clean when he came out of retirement in 2009 and 2010 — contrary to United States Anti-Doping Agency’s report — added: “When I made the decision, when my team made that decision, when the whole peloton made that decision, it was a bad decision and an imperfect time. But it happened. And I know what happened because of that. I know what happened to the sport, I saw its growth.”

Armstrong was stripped of his Tour titles and given a life-ban from cycling by USADA in 2012, having denied for years he was a drug cheat. His denials were proven lies by a USADA report which included 1,000 pages of evidence against him. The cancer-survivor eventually made a public confession in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013.

Speaking from his home in Austin, Texas, the father of five said the “fallout” from his confession had been “heavy, tough, trying and required patience.” He also said he deserved a reduction in his ban after twice speaking to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission, a group looking to clean up the sport.

He also hopes to have his Tour titles be restored, saying the absence of a winner was equivalent to the years when the race wasn’t run because of the First and Second World Wars. He added that good had come from his participation in the sport, saying Trek Bicycles, his supplier, had increased sales from $100 million to $1 billion as the story of how he overcame cancer to again become a champion racer brought new fans into cycling, while his charity foundation, Livestrong, was able to raise $500 million. “Do we want to take it away?” he said. “I don’t think anybody says ‘yes’.”

As for the Tour de France titles now erased from the record books, Armstrong said: “I think there has to be a winner, I’m just saying that as a fan. There’s a huge block in World War I with no winners, and there’s another block in World War II, and then it seems like there’s another world war. I don’t think history is stupid, history rectifies a lot of things. If you ask me what happens in 50 years, I don’t think it sits empty … I feel like I won those Tours.”

Asked whether the world was ready to accept his return to public life, Armstrong said: “Selfishly, I would say ‘yeah, we’re getting close to that time.’ But that’s me, my word doesn’t matter any more. What matters is what people collectively think, whether that’s the cycling community, the cancer community. Listen, of course I want to be out of time-out, what kid doesn’t?”

He said his life had “thinned out” and “slowed from 100mph to 10”, but added he would like to return to “50, 55.”

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  • Brian says:

    Nothing wrong with what he said.

  • Ged says:

    Lets all move on; I wanna see Lance go with Chris McCormack at Ironaman

  • Nate says:

    I think lance should get his titles back. lets be honest, everyone doped back then and all of those riders pushed the limit of doping. So really there was a level field of racing and lance still won by extreme measures. If he raced today where doping isn’t a predominant practice I think he’d still have his same results. Just a guy speaking his mind here. 🙂

    • rick says:

      Revising history. They tried that with Penn State for something that had nothing to do with the players on the field. Striping titles and bumping up the next doper makes no sense either. If they can’t bust the doper with a in-competition test, it’s too late.

      Well, Lance did pretty clearly prove the anti-doping system was a near total failure.

  • Clint Stevenson says:

    This is why roadies are lame. Everyone go mountainbike and enjoy yourself….

  • Rj says:

    The problem with Lance is that the other people around him that did dope admitted to it and were punished -banned for year or for some races and then they came back and raced again, he denied it he escaped by helicopters and stayed far away from testing told his teammates they Had to dope through intimidation, and then did nothing when they were caught and punished. Had mechanics fired, blacklisted people, ect. ect. he’s a cheat plain and simple, and an asshole to boot.

  • RDE says:

    Blah blah blah. You all love to see incredible performances but cannot believe someone would dope. If you think it is not going on now, wake up and drink some strong coffee. Lance’s biggest mistake was coming out of retirement and letting them open the books on him again. If he hadn’t done that, none of this would be public knowledge even though we know that most of the tour was using PED’s. Personally, I say let them take them and ride on. Do you really believe this or any sport is totally clean. Uh huh, yeah right.

  • Mike S says:

    Lance had the best support, the best dope, crazy attitude and ability. He also has a ton of money from cheating. Leaves you with a poor view of the guy and taints road biking. Guess I’ll just have to buy a new mountain bike!

  • No934218Fan says:

    I still like Lance as an athlete and admire his accomplishments – nothing that he did was easy, and he was the best at it. As far as I’m concerned, he was competing on a level playing field at the time – so his comments are entirely reasonable.

    People who really believe that he wasn’t justified in getting a competitive edge in that environment, should exchange their expensive top-spec bikes, gear and fat bellies for more exercise and a steel bike with some skinny tires and a friction shifter…you know, to promote the sportmanship.

  • rick says:

    There are a lot of Lance haters out there.
    Many wish Lance would just “go away” but that won’t ever happen. It may have been about the bike, about winning, etc, but it’s still about the personal attention, the fame and the limelight. The only way he “goes away” is when 100% of the press stops covering him and that industry never will. So many are making money at it or trying too. It will take a total boycott of any publication, organization or events that include Lance. There are too many fans any boycott to make a dent.

    Having all the dopers “go away” just feeds the new batch of dopers. The constant focus on doping keeps the pressure on the current liars and cheaters both on the bike and in the labs and back rooms. Bike racing and most other sports where doping is prevalent will never return to a naive view of the world.

  • Rich says:

    Cops: Lance hit 2 cars, let girlfriend take rap

  • informador says:

    If everyone doping ???? . why all have won the tour de france. bla bla bla

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