Cycling - Armstrong admits the big lie would have continued

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Cycling - Armstrong admits the big lie would have continued
Banned US cyclist Lance Armstrong speaks at the begining of the annual Team Livestrong Challenge in Austin, Texas on October 21, 2012 where some 4,000 cyclists will ride 18, 65 or 100 miles in a show of support for cancer survivors. World cycling's governing body said on October 19 that it will give its response to the devastating US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) dossier on Lance Armstrong on October 21 while the UCI (International Cycling Union) has come under growing pressure to explain how seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong, who was described by the USADA as being at the heart of the biggest doping program in sports history, was able to evade detection for so long. On the far right is Livestrong President and CEO Doug Ulman. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (AFP Photo/FREDERIC J. BROWN)

- Lance Armstrong says he would still be issuing strident denials if he hadn't been caught and then forced to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

"If this stuff hadn't taken place with the federal investigation, I'd probably still be saying 'no' with the same conviction and tone as before. But that gig is up," Armstrong said in an interview with US news broadcaster CNN.

For more than a decade, the disgraced American cyclist Armstrong repeatedly denied he ever used banned drugs.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2013 for doping.

"No one forced me or bullied me, so I am not going to say 'It's not my fault' I blame myself, that's the bottom line," he said.


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