Washington (dpa) – Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong says he “wouldn’t change a thing” over the doping which saw him stripped of his seven Tour de France titles…
Armstrong made the comments in an interview to be screened Wednesday by US broadcaster NBC.
“I wouldn’t change a thing. I wouldn’t change the way I acted. I mean, I would, but this is a longer answer,” the American said in comments released by the network on Thursday.
“Primarily, I wouldn’t change the lessons that I’ve learned. I don’t learn all the lessons if I don’t act that way. I don’t get investigated and sanctioned if I don’t act the way I acted. If I just doped and didn’t say a thing, none of that would have happened. None of it,” the 47-year-old added.
Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles (1999-2005) and banned from participating in competitive sports in 2012 after the US Anti-Doping Agency published a report into his use of banned performance-enhancing substances.
After years of denials Armstrong admitted in 2013 to doping in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In the interview due to air Wednesday, Armstrong recounts his early days in cycling, the culture of using banned substances and the decisions he made in his career.
“We did what we had to do to win. It wasn’t legal, but I wouldn’t change a thing: whether it’s losing a bunch of money, going from hero to zero.”
Author: ANA Newswire