Deal­ing with dop­ing fall­out has ‘re­ally sucked,’ Armstrong says

The Niagara Falls Review - - Sports - SCOTT GLEESON USA To­day Sports

Dis­graced for­mer cy­clist Lance Armstrong said Thurs­day he’ll spend the “rest of his life” try­ing to make amends to the peo­ple he let down and who view him as a fraud af­ter pub­licly ad­mit­ting to blood dop­ing six years ago.

Armstrong also said the last six years of his life have “re­ally sucked” as he’s dealt with the fall­out.

“It’s been ter­ri­ble,” Armstrong said in a “To­day” show in­ter­view that aired Thurs­day.

Armstrong was banned from com­pet­i­tive sanc­tioned cy­cling for life in 2012 and stripped of his seven Tour de France ti­tles. He pub­licly de­nied ever dop­ing for more than a decade be­fore ad­mit­ting to use of per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs in a 2013 in­ter­view with Oprah Win­frey.

“That in­ter­view came at an in­ter­est­ing time, at a dif­fi­cult time, and in a lot of ways maybe came too soon,” Armstrong said. “I don’t think it worked. I think it ab­so­lutely did not work. For half of the room, it wasn’t enough. Then for the other half of the room, it was way too much.”

Armstrong, a can­cer sur­vivor, cen­tred his re­morse around those he lied to within the Live­strong com­mu­nity. The non­profit foun­da­tion was formed by Armstrong in 1997 to raise funds in the fight against can­cer.

“Fraud, be­trayal, all of those things that we know peo­ple felt, that’s on me,” Armstrong said, ad­ding he’ll go the rest of his life “try­ing to make that right.”

Armstrong main­tained a long­time stance that his dop­ing was part of a larger scheme in cy­cling. “What I would rather do is go back and win seven (Tours) in a row against ev­ery­one else who’s drink­ing wa­ter and eat­ing bread,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong re­it­er­ated a point he made ear­lier this year in which he ques­tioned why exbase­ball star Alex Ro­driguez was pub­licly for­given much more for us­ing PEDs.

Armstrong said, “A-Rod didn’t raise half a bil­lion dol­lars and try to save a bunch of peo­ple’s lives. That’s the irony in this.”

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