- 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.