Lance Armstrong has confessed the doping allegations against him are true. All seven of his Tour de France wins were achieved when he was doped up on performance enhancing drugs. And his confession was more shocking than many of us could have imagined.
The disgraced cyclist just told Oprah Winfrey everything.
Lance Armstrong says he took banned substances to enhance his cycling performances before all seven of his Tour de France wins.
But that’s not the extent of his trickery. Armstrong admitted a whole raft of cheating tactics to Oprah. He blood doped. He took testosterone. He took EPO. He took human growth hormone…
Basically, if he thought it could help him win, he took it.
Lance had denied doping allegations for years, so of course Oprah Winfrey asked him why he’d chosen to confess now. He didn’t have an answer for that one. But at least he showed some remorse now by saying his admission comes “too late.”
“I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times … I am a flawed character,” he told the talk show host, adding, “I didn’t invent the [doping] culture, but I did nothing to stop the culture … and I am sorry for that.”
Lance said he began using EPO (erythropoietin) – a hormone that enhances red blood cell production – in the mid 90s.
He said at the time what he was doing did not feel wrong and he had no fear of being caught. He didn’t even think he was cheating.
“I viewed it as a level playing field.”
So what? Is he saying everyone was doing it so he felt like he had to do it too, in order to compete?
Lance declined to give Oprah much detail on how his doping operation worked, so he has not named names on who helped him get the drugs or administer them. He said only,
“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.”
He added, “My cocktail was only EPO … not a lot … transfusions and testosterone.”
Lance admits that in the past he was “an arrogant pr*ck.” The pouring of outrage at his doping scandal doesn’t surprise Lance Armstrong.
“I deserve it,” he said.