Lance Armstrong: I’d Dope Again
Two years after being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and coming clean to Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong says in a new BBC interview that he’d dope again if the circumstances were the same.
He explained, “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. People don’t like to hear that.”
But while many might be able to understand why he made the decision, that because so many in the sport were doping, a cyclist couldn’t be competitive without doing it, what a lot of people have a harder time forgiving is how far he went to cover it up, which involved publicly trashing and legally threatening those who spoke out about what he was doing.
Of that, he says, “I would want to change the man that did those things, maybe not the decision [to dope], but the way he acted. The way he treated people, the way he couldn’t stop fighting. It was unacceptable, inexcusable.”
He also spoke about what it’s been like for him since the Oprah interview, saying, “The fallout has been heavy, maybe heavier than I thought. It was, you know, pretty brutal afterwards. It’s been tough.”