Cycling

Lance's top 12 doping denials

2013-01-17 12:33
Lance Armstrong (File)
Cape Town - Lance Armstrong has consistently denied using performance enhancing drugs - until now.

Armstrong apologised to staff at his Livestrong cancer foundation before being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Monday during which he's believed to having confessed to doping during his career.

The interview with Winfrey will be aired at 04:00 SA time on Friday morning on her website. The interview will be rebroadcast on DSTV on Channel 172 on Friday at 19:30 SA time.

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey talks about her interview with Lance Armstrong

Below 12 of Armstrong most vehement doping denials:

“Luke’s (his son) name is Armstrong and people know that name, and when he goes to school I don’t want them to say, ‘Oh yeah, your dad’s the big fake, the doper.’ That would just kill me,” – in his second autobiography, “Every Second Counts,” in 2003.

“I came out of a life-threatening disease. I was on my death bed. You think I’m going to come back into a sport and say, ‘OK, OK doctor, give me everything you’ve got, I just want to go fast?’ No way! I would never do that,” – public forum, Aspen, Colo., 2007.

“How many times do I have to say it? … Well, if it can’t be any clearer than ‘I’ve never taken drugs,’” – videotaped testimony in lawsuit, 2005.

“I’m sorry you don’t believe in miracles,” – 2005 Tour de France victory speech, - taking aim at “the cynics and the skeptics.”

“There are no secrets. This is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it,” – same speech.

“Everybody wants to know: what am I on. What am I on? I’m on my bike, busting my ass six hours a day,” – commercial for Nike in 2001.

“We’re sick and tired of these allegations and we’re going to do everything we can to fight them. They’re absolutely untrue” – news conference, 2004.

“They say, ‘This is a new guy in the Tour. It can’t be. He must be doped.’ It’s unfortunate,” – TV interview on the way to winning his first Tour, in 1999.

“You are not worth the chair that you’re sitting on,” – at journalist and doping critic Paul Kimmage, at 2009 news conference.

“Do we make mistakes, all of us? Absolutely. As a society, are we supposed to forgive and forget and let people get back to their job? Absolutely,” – same news conference, arguing that dopers should get a second chance.

“At the end of the day, I have nothing to hide,” – Associated Press interview, 2009.

“I have never doped” – on ‘Larry King Live,’ 2005.

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