Lance Armstrong says sorry for using performance-enhancing drugs

London, Jan. 18 (ANI): Lance Armstrong has admitted and apologized for using performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins.

The 41-year-old made the confession during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

He said that he viewed the situation as one big lie he repeated a lot of times, adding that he made those decisions, they were my mistake and I'm here to say sorry.

According to the BBC, however Armstrong denied it was 'sport's biggest doping programme', saying 'it was smart, but it was conservative, risk averse'.

After years of denials, Armstrong told Winfrey that he took performance-enhancing drugs in each of his Tour wins from 1999-2005.

He said that he did not feel he was cheating at the time and viewed it as a 'level playing field' and did not fear getting caught.

Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles last year after being labelled a 'serial cheat' by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada).

The body said he led 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen'.

The American decided not to contest the charges, saying last year he was tired of fighting the allegations.

Armstrong told Winfrey that 'all the fault and blame is on him and a lot of that is momentum and he lost himself in all that, as he couldn't handle it'.

When asked whether it was the biggest doping programme in sport he said that 'he didn't have access to anything that anybody else didn't.

Armstrong denied riders had to comply to a doping programme to compete for the team, but admitted his personality could imply that.

Armstrong retired from cycling in 2005 but returned to the sport between 2009 and 2012.

He told Winfrey that he did not use drugs after his return to the sport.

Armstrong said he regretted his return, and was asked if he would have 'got away with it' if he had not come back, the report added. (ANI)


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