Lance Armstrong: ‘Yes’ To Banned Substances, ‘No’ to Details or Anti-Doping Statements

Lance Armstrong OprahOprah’s two-part interview with Lance Armstrong aired exclusively on OWN Thursday and Friday. Armstrong begins by answering “yes” to questions like “Did you ever take banned substances?”

Later, Oprah asks if it would have been “humanly possible” to win the Tour de France seven times without doping.

“Not in my opinion. That generation. I didn’t invent the culture, but I didn’t try to stop the culture,” he responds.

The New York Times and other outlets have accused the champion bicyclist of being more “self-serving” than accurate in his confession and not speaking strongly enough against doping.  Continue reading “Lance Armstrong: ‘Yes’ To Banned Substances, ‘No’ to Details or Anti-Doping Statements”

Second Place Cyclists From 1999 To 2005 Were Also Doping At Tour de France

Lance Armstrong‘s stripped Tour de France titles put a bemused expression on my face. I can’t help but wonder how they can take his titles away just because he stopped legally fighting the charges against him.

Cycling has a surprisingly illicit history. Yahoo! reports that forms of doping in the sport started back in the 1860’s. Performance-enhancing drugs are arguably more prevalent for these athletes than track and field or baseball.

Turns out, every spandex-wearing rider who came in second at Armstrong’s seven Tour de France races from 1999-2005 admitted to doping  and/or were convicted of it. Germany’s Jan Ullrich came in directly behind Lance in three of them.  Continue reading “Second Place Cyclists From 1999 To 2005 Were Also Doping At Tour de France”