Lance Armstrong has admitted for the first time that he doped to win all seven of his Tour de France titles, turning his back on years of denials and confessing that his storied career at the top of competitive cycling was fuelled by drugs, lies and bullying. In a television interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast on Thursday night, Armstrong said it would not have been possible to win the titles without cheating, such was the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport at the time. However, Armstrong, 41, denied being a mastermind who threatened other team-mates to dope, and rejected allegations that he bribed the International Cycling Union and a Swiss laboratory to cover up his cheating. He also denied taking drugs during his comeback in 2009 and 2010, and did not indicate – at least not in the first of a two-part broadcast – whether he would cooperate with the anti-doping agency Usada so that he can return to competitive sport, as has been reported. This limited confession will fuel suspicion in some quarters that it was made only because Armstrong was backed into a corner after an excoriating report from Usada last year and that, in a strategy… Read full this story
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