Lance Armstrong says he’d likely still be lying about doping if he was still racing


Lance Armstrong talks to Oprah in 2013. (George Burns/AFP/Getty Images)

If there’s a such thing as Lance Armstrong being too honest, it might be now. The disgraced cycling legend told CNN that if he was still in competitive road racing today, he’d likely still be lying about doping, the action that got him banned from cycling for life. Armstrong told CNN’s Matt Majendie:

“Once you say ‘no,’ you have to keep saying ‘no.’ 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.”

After years of speculation about how Armstrong, now 42, managed to win the Tour de France seven times in a row, Armstrong admitted to doping in an interview with Oprah in January 2013. The fallout, which began even before his own admission in October 2012 when his titles were stripped, came fast and hard. He went from famous to infamous almost as fast as he raced.

Despite the cyclist’s admission and revelations that he’d do it again, however, Armstrong sees his life and reputation going in a more, pardon the pun, positive direction. He tells CNN:

“In this day and age, there’s plenty of outlets for people to hurl the most heinous comments that you can think of, you only have to look at the comments that will be at the bottom of this piece [referring to the CNN article]. But day-to-day life is positive. I never get crap, not once, and I’m surprised by that. Sure, I sometimes get the vibe that someone wants to say something, but it’s never happened.”

Armstrong currently lives in Aspen, Colo., where he still bikes, albeit no longer professionally. He equivocates his bike rides with friends (such as Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff), along with golf and beer, with therapy. He tells CNN he hasn’t “gotten around to” seeing a psychologist.

Armstrong says he also has plans to write a new tell-all book. “The book needs to be pretty intense and transparent,” he told CNN. “I need to ‘boom’ — put it out there and let it sit. The sooner the better. It has to be the right book, the right tone and there has to be totally no [expletive].”

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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