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Lance Armstrong's Confession: VIDEO


Yes, I doped, and it wasn't humanly possible to win seven Tour de France titles without it.

In a nutshell, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wow

    Posted by: Terry | Jan 17, 2013 10:26:45 PM

  2. So at what point during the interview does Lance begin the atonement process and use the ceremonial plate on the credenza to present his Oprah with his other nut?

    Posted by: beef and fur | Jan 17, 2013 10:32:46 PM

  3. You know, it's easy to stand out in cycling without touching these drugs.

    I ride a bicycle decorated with lights and I wear clear plastic jackets with lights while riding my bicycle and I stand out quite well, thank you.

    Leave the drugs alone!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Mark Allyn | Jan 17, 2013 10:33:15 PM

  4. The "confession" was not particularly illuminating: the interesting question is how they managed to do it for 7 (approximately) month-long races and not get caught, even though samples could be kept for years and retested as the testing technology improved. Someone who spends as much time as Lance Armstrong had to spend training is not going to have enough time to become an expert in biochemistry. Who figured it out and how did they do it? One way to cheat and not get caught that does not require expertise in chemistry is to have a spy in the testing organization who can tell you when you are going to be tested - then all you have to know is the time it takes for a drug to become undetectable by several orders of magnitude. Another is to have some way of swapping samples, which might require the testing staff to "look the other way" for a "small fee."

    The other question is whether the use of performance-enhancing drugs changed the outcome of the races: it may not if everyone is cheating equally. Also, these races are really team sports - there is no "record" for best time such as there is for runners. Too much depends on conditions (head winds versus tail winds) and race tactics. If one guy sprints to finish first in a stage, the others can draft him and then try to shoot past him at the end, when he is a bit more tired than they are. If you could draft the guy who wins each stage, and it is a different guy each time, you can win the race without winning a single stage.

    Was there a lot more to the interview than this short video clip? Maybe such questions were answered later in the interview.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 17, 2013 10:35:48 PM

  5. Well, either way, he was d*mn good at what he did. To be able to pull that off for so long is impressive. But of course his competitors have dirt on them also.

    That said, I never liked Armstrong. I've always thought there was something fishy about him and he always seemed to come off as a jerk, IMO.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 17, 2013 10:48:47 PM

  6. To be noted that many in the LA gay community have used steroids to enhance their physiques. You know who you are. Plastic surgery is not foreign to this group either. Look around...

    Posted by: Gary | Jan 17, 2013 11:05:00 PM

  7. My opinion is that with how rampant doping is in cycling (like in baseball), the key variable remains the athlete.

    It tarnishes the sport, certainly, but he was just competing by doing the same thing they all do.

    Posted by: td | Jan 17, 2013 11:05:23 PM

  8. WHO CARES!!!!

    Posted by: David | Jan 17, 2013 11:05:39 PM

  9. I still love you Lance. You'll always be a hero.

    Posted by: tim | Jan 17, 2013 11:23:56 PM

  10. Just like my last comment...

    Stupid people doing stupid things...why am I supposed to care at all?

    Peace <3

    Posted by: Jay M. | Jan 17, 2013 11:50:34 PM

  11. Facts, evidence and confessions ruin everything. Lance did NOT dope!

    Posted by: DOPE | Jan 17, 2013 11:59:19 PM

  12. Yawn... All the top cyclists dope. You simply cannot compete and win the TDF if you don't dope. But why in the HELL would you do it SEVEN TIMES? That's just gluttonous and stupid. Win it once or twice and you walk away as a great cyclist and are remembered through history. But what Lance did is something that only a truly insecure person would do.

    Posted by: Tre | Jan 18, 2013 12:02:57 AM

  13. When is O going to admit to something? Those diets were always a bit miraculous.

    Using drugs isn't like cheating in several ways, but everyone conflates the two. An 'unfair' advantage of some sort is almost unavoidable. If your ultimate goal is to have everyone cross the finish line at the same time, you probably should not be in the competition business.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 18, 2013 12:10:33 AM


    Posted by: bearish | Jan 18, 2013 12:25:04 AM

  15. The things that should be held against Armstrong are the lawsuits, apparently filed to force people to shut up. That's really abusive. He should be required to pay the legal fees of everyone falsely sued, plus any damages that resulted from those lawsuits.

    I just saw an article which more or less indicated that he couldn't even remember how many people they sued.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 18, 2013 1:02:19 AM

  16. Well at least he had the ball to admit it.

    Posted by: melvin | Jan 18, 2013 3:20:07 AM

  17. Oprah doing all these interviews with people and schooling them as if she's imperfect. PLEASE.

    AND stick to your dang diet FOR ONCE!

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 18, 2013 3:34:17 AM

  18. But..but..straight people, and straight men are all so fantastic, and moral, and have such great values. I mean that's what we're constantly told. Heterosexual unions trigger fantastic offspring, and heterosexuals are the ideal...and..and...

    lol. heteros keeping it classy as always.

    Posted by: JordanJacklson | Jan 18, 2013 3:35:28 AM

  19. So much for being a hero.

    Posted by: mark | Jan 18, 2013 3:40:21 AM

  20. MELVIN stop, that was hilarious (you can't possibly be a nice person).

    OPRAH - half a cup of popcorn without butter. Per day. That's all you get.

    Posted by: DOPE | Jan 18, 2013 5:30:25 AM

  21. If they all doped, lied and raced then Lance wins as the best doping racer liar. Still a hero. And what can be bad about a man who helps other men with their balls?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 18, 2013 5:44:37 AM

  22. shameful. real and truthful cyclists could have won those races if lance hadn't cheated.

    Posted by: Reality | Jan 18, 2013 6:53:58 AM

  23. Yes, best doping racing liar ever, and I would add psychopath to that description.

    Posted by: Ianmck | Jan 18, 2013 7:55:55 AM

  24. @ UFFDA: What can be wrong about him? Perhaps the lives he ruined with the slander lawsuits he leveled against anyone who had the temerity to claim he was doping.

    The ONLY reason why he's admitting to his cheating is because he wants to compete again, and USADA wouldn't allow that unless he came clean and "turned state's evidence" against other dopers.

    The man's a jerk.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Jan 18, 2013 8:10:29 AM

  25. I can't understand people defending Armstrong. Dude's a criminal who earned millions and millions from cheating. He earned just from one court case 7.5 million when he forced a company to pay him the bonus they had promised him from winning enough Tour de Frances. The company, SCA Promotions, hadn't originally paid the bonus because of the doping rumours.

    I'd love to see him go to jail, because I read that he or at least some of the people involved in the doping ring on top of lawsuits used threats of physical violence against people trying to tell the truth about Armstrong. He's practically a gangster, and Ianmck's description 'psychopath' might not be that far from the truth.

    New York Times in their story estimated that Armstrong is worth 125 million dollars, so it seems that crime really does pay. Too bad that after he's settled all the earlier lawsuits from his fortunes he still will have too much left. And of course he'll be getting more money from the possible books he'll be writing, and selling his life's movie rights etc. Even after revealing the doping himself he still seems to have lot of support from people, so the books and movies and whatever do seem possible.

    Posted by: kode | Jan 18, 2013 8:28:20 AM

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