Lance Armstrong on Doping: I Would Do It Again
Former 7-time Tour de France champion, who was stripped of all his titles following a doping scandal, opened up in an interview with BBC.
“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.”
Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong’s former teammate, tried to explain a professional cyclist’s view of the competition to the general public.
“The first year is all about just being happy to be there [racing]. The second, you realize your best isn’t good enough. The third you approach a fork in the road: you either dope and continue or don’t and quit, because without doping you won’t be competitive.”
Armstrong’s fall from grace has been one of the biggest professional sports have ever seen, but his actions and words may just be providing an honest assessment of professional cycling most of us don’t want to hear. It’s highly unlikely Armstrong was the only one using illegal substances, but he certainly is the only one who won Tour de France 7 times.