Arm­strong: Life ‘sucks’ since ban

‘‘Fraud, be­trayal, all of those things that we know peo­ple felt, that’s on me,’’ Lance Arm­strong said of his dop­ing ad­mis­sion. ‘‘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,

Waikato Times - - Sport - Scott Gleeson

Disgraced for­mer cy­clist Lance Arm­strong said 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 yesterday.

Arm­strong was banned from com­pet­i­tive sanc­tioned cy­cling for life in 2012 and stripped of his seven Tour de France ti­tles, which he won from 1999 to 2005.

He pub­licly de­nied ever dop­ing for more than a decade be­fore ad­mit­ting to an ex­ten­sive use of per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing 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 of com­ing clean to Oprah.

‘‘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 non-profit 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 long-time stance that his dop­ing was part of a larger scheme in cy­cling and that he’s been cast as the scape­goat. USA To­day


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