“I would probably do (doping) again,” says Lance Armstrong

DREW UY | 21st Sep 2016 | NEWS

In a recent televised interview with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), former seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of all his titles and banned from all types of sports for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for doping, quipped that the he would probably do it again if he can take his cycling career back to 1995.

The 43-year-old cancer survivor told the BBC during the interview: “(Would I dope) if I was racing in 2015? No, I wouldn’t do it again.  Because I don’t think you have to do it again.  If you take me back to 1995, when it was completely and totally pervasive?  I would probably do it again.”

Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005.  In 2012, the USADA concluded in an investigation that Armstrong had used Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) back the decision of the USADA to strip Armstrong’s titles and ban him for life.  But Armstrong contends that consuming PEDs to improve competitiveness was commonplace (at that time) and what he was doing was merely to keep up with his competitors.

Armstrong told BBC: “It’s an answer that needs some explanation.  I look at everything when I made that decision – when the whole peloton made that decision.  We get it, it was a bad decision in an imperfect time, but it happened.  Listen, if I go back to 1995 – and some started earlier, some a little later, but let’s take that as ground zero – I think we’re all sorry.”  He continued, “And do you know what we’re sorry for?  We’re sorry that we were put in that place.  None of us wanted to be in that place.  We all would have loved to have compete man on man, bread, water, naturally clean, whatever you want to call it.”

 

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