Yes, you read that correctly. Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist who won a record seven consecutive Tour de France between 1999 and 2005, said he would cheat again.
Hold on, don’t be so quick to judge him until you hear everything he said.
In the above interview with the BBC, Armstrong admitted the fallout from his admission to doping has been “heavy.” He also admitted that he fears the day his children will come home “in pieces” and ask him about his doping past.
When asked if he would dope again his answer was interesting: “If I was racing in 2015, no I wouldn’t do it again. ‘Cause I don’t think you have to do it again,” though he went on to add: “If you take me back to 1995 when it was completely and totally pervasive, I would probably do it again.”
Armstrong was criticized in 2013 for admitting a long suspected truth, that he used banned substances and methods for the majority of his career. During his interview with Oprah Winfrey that year, he admitted widespread PED use, as well as using banned methods like blood doping.
Many long suspected that Armstrong had been cheating in all seven of his Tour de France victories, which he had always denied. This is the main reason why the interview with Oprah left the former professional cyclist so disgraced in the eyes of the public.
It remains to be seen whether the above interview will do anything to help him resurrect his public persona.