Lance Armstrong has publicly confessed to the doping allegations.Armstrong recently buckled under the pressure during a recent Oprah Winfrey interview where he confessed to using banned substances to enhance his cycling performances during all 7 of his Tour de France wins according to TMZ reports posted on Thursday, Jan. 17.
Armstrong spilled his guts on everything revealing to Oprah that he had blood doped, using testosterone, EPO, and human growth hormones, and pretty much anything he could get his hands on to ensure his winning.
For several years Lance Armstrong had firmly denied all the allegations, but it only took one woman, Oprah Winfrey to pry the truth right out of him.
Oprah asked why he came forward now, Lance replied, "I don't know that I have a great answer. I will start now by saying this is too late ... I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times ... I am a flawed character."
He added, "I didn't invent the [doping] culture, but I did nothing to stop the culture ... and I am sorry for that."
Lance said the doping use all started for him in the mid 90s when he began using EPO (erythropoietin) -- a hormone that enhances red blood cell production -- in the mid 90s.
When asked the tough questions such as if he was ever afraid he'd be caught -- Lance replied, "No."
If it felt wrong at the time -- Lance replied, "No."
When asked if he felt like he was cheating -- he replied, "No ... I viewed it as a level playing field."
Lance Armstrong may have confessed about using the dope but he would not get into too many details about how the doping operations really works.
"I viewed it as very simple. You had things that were oxygen-boosting drugs, for lack of a better word, that were incredibly beneficial for endurance sports. And that's all you needed."
The LIVESTRONG cancer charity he helped found released a statement that says, in part:
"We at the LIVESTRONG Foundation are disappointed by the news that Lance Armstrong misled people during and after his cycling career, including us. Earlier this week, Lance apologized to our staff and we accepted his apology in order to move on and chart a strong, independent course. We look forward to devoting our full energy to our mission of helping people not only fight and survive cancer, but also thrive in life after cancer.
"Even in the wake of our disappointment, we also express our gratitude to Lance as a survivor for the drive, devotion and spirit he brought to serving cancer patients and the entire cancer community. Lance is no longer on the Foundation's board, but he is our founder and we will always be grateful to him for creating and helping to build a Foundation that has served millions struggling with cancer."
Lance Armstrong who has describes his former doping self as "an arrogant pr*ck," also confessed that he isn't shocked by all the backlash his doping, and lies have brought upon him now, simply stating, "I deserve it."
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