AUSTIN (KXAN) — He was a champion, a cycling powerhouse, a cancer survivor, a do-gooder. But that image of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was tainted amid an industry-wide doping scandal he denied participating in for years. His titles were stripped, he stood on trial, he filed and received lawsuits.
Eventually, he admitted to using performing-enhancing drugs. He returned to Austin. He worked on two podcasts.
Thursday morning, though, new details of his story and whether he would do it all over again aired on the “Today” show in one of the first television interviews since he admitted to Oprah six years ago that he participated in doping.
“You can call it whatever you wanna call it. It doesn’t matter. Right?” Armstrong told Andrew Ross Sorkin. “I mean, it’s fraud, betrayal, feeling complicit, all of these things that we know people felt. That’s on me. And that’s — I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to make that right.”
Armstrong spoke of the pervasive culture of doping at the time he was racing competitively, and how he wished everyone were on the same, clean playing field.
“What I would rather do is go back and win seven in a row against everybody else that’s drinking water and eating bread,” Armstrong said. “That’s what I would want. And I believe that that would happen.”