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Cyclist Lance Armstrong admits to using performance enhancing drugs on a special episode of Oprah Winfrey's show 'Oprah's Next Chapter'.

  • The interview is about to begin.
  • Oprah: When we first met we agreed that there would be no holds barred.
  • Armstrong looks nervous.
  • Oprah: Yes or no, did you ever take banned substances to enhance your performance? Armstrong: Yes.
  • Oprah: In all 7 of your Tour de France victories did you take banned substances? Armstrong: Yes.
  • Armstrong: Earlier in my career, there was cortisone.
  • Oprah: For 13 years you brazenly denied. Why now?
  • Armstrong: This is too late. That's my fault. I view this situation as one big lie.
  • Armstrong: This story was perfect for so long.
  • Armstrong: This story was mythic but it wasn't true.
  • Oprah: Didn't you help paint that picture?
  • Armstrong: I did. A lot of people did. Fans, media, it just keeps going.
  • Armstrong: I was used to controlling everything in my life.
  • Armstrong: Now the story is so bad and toxic.
  • Armstrong said it wasn't possible to win the Tour de France without doping.
  • Armstrong: I knew the culture but I didn't stop it. That was my mistake.
  • Oprah: You're saying you didn't have access to what other people didn't have access? Armstrong: Definitely yes.
  • Armstrong: I admit my mistake. I'm sitting here and admitting to that.
  • Armstrong: The idea that anybody was forced, encouraged (to take performance enhancing drugs), that is not true.
  • Oprah: How did you do it? How was it done? You said it was smart but it wasn't sophisticated.
  • Oprah: Were you doping in the Stage 11 of the tour?
  • Armstrong: I'm confused with the stage but that was true.
  • Armstrong looks tense as Oprah narrates instances of alleged doping throughout the Tour.
  • Oprah: Walk me through it. Pill deliveries? How did it work? Armstrong: We'd need a long time.
  • Armstrong: My cocktail, so to speak, was EPO, transfusions, and testosterone.
  • Testosterone was justified, in way, accdg to Armstrong because of his cancer.
  • Oprah: Were you afraid you'd get caught? Armstrong: Drug testing has changed. They didn't test outside of competition.
  • LA: Without testing out of competition, you wouldn't get caught. You were clean at the races. It was a question of scheduling.
  • LA: The accusation that I doped after I came back was not true. When I placed in 2009 and 2010, I did not dope. Absolutely not. The last time was in 2005.
  • Armstrong says if someone on his team didn't want to dope, he would not fire them.
  • Armstrong: There were people on the team who didn't dope.
  • Armstrong shakes his head at the allegation that if he threatened to kick out a teammate for refusing to dope. "Absolutely not true."
  • Armstrong: Even if I don't say it and I'm the leader, and I'm leading by example, then that's a problem.
  • Armstrong says he can understand if some teammates feel pressured to dope because he was a leader but says there is a difference between saying it explicitly.
  • Armstrong: The leader of the team, the guy my teammates look up to -I accept that (he may have influenced teammates to dope).
  • Oprah: Were you a bully? LA: Yeah. I was a bully.
  • LA: I was a bully in a sense that I tried to control the narrative. If someone said something that was negative, someone was disloyal, I say they're a liar.
  • Armstrong: When I was diagnosed, it was win at all costs.
  • Oprah: Were you doing drugs before that? LA: Yes. But I wasn't a bully before that.
  • Oprah: What made you a bully. Armstrong says he tried to perpetuate the story and needed control.
  • Armstrong: My view was that it was (common) -like having water in our bottles, air in our tires.
  • Armstrong says he never required his top riders to use dope.

  • Armstrong: We've all made mistakes. There are people in this story who aren't monsters, who aren't toxic, who aren't evil.
  • Armstrong looks uncomfortable after watching his sworn statement in 2005 denying doping.
  • Armstrong on Ferarri: I'm not comfortable talking about other people.
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