Lance Armstrong sat down for an informal conversation with a group of students in an Introduction to Sports Governance class at the University of Colorado, where he told them he would not have won the Tour de France without blood doping, according to a report in Daily Camera. He also went on the attack against the US Anti-doping Agency (USADA), calling the agency “one of the most ineffective organisations in the world”.
Armstrong was invited to speak at the campus to talk about his life now, while serving a life-time banned from sport and what he thinks of USADA, the body that determined through its 2012 reasoned decision that Armstrong was the leader of wide-spread doping on the US Postal Service team during his seven Tours de France victories. He later admitted to doping in an two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013.
According to the Daily Camera report, Armstrong spoke to students for 90 minutes, and the first question asked was whether he could have won without blood doping. He answered “no”, and went on to say that blood doping during the 1990s and early 2000s was powerful and so sustained success in cycling would have been impossible without it.
He also said that he believed almost every professional rider was doping during those years and that taking their successes away because of doping was frustrating, according to the Daily Camera.
Armstrong said, “You had to have all those building blocks and then, unfortunately, you had to have the last block, and the last block was high-octane doping. That doesn’t discount — it’s not like we all just went to Saint-Tropez every day and sipped rosé and then just showed up to the Tour de France and won.”
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