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Lance Armstrong Would Still Use PEDs If He Had to Do It All Over Again

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Lance Armstrong Would Still Use PEDs If He Had to Do It All Over Again
May 27th, 2019




Lance Armstrong has no regrets for his use of anabolic steroids, growth hormone and EPO.

Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist who won seven Tour de France titles before admitting to doping, said that he “wouldn’t change a thing” about his decision to use prohibited performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong defended his use of PEDs by insisting that there was no other option for a cyclist who wanted to win. The comments were made in a recent interview with MIke Tirico scheduled to air on NBC Sports Network on May 29, 2019.

“We did what we had to do to win. It wasn’t legal,” Armstrong said, “but I wouldn’t change a thing — whether it’s losing a bunch of money, going from hero to zero.”

Doping is necessary to be the best in sports.

Armstrong knew what he had to do to be a champion. And he did it.

“I knew there were going to be knives at this fight,” Armstrong said. “Not just fists. I knew there would be knives. I had knives, and then one day, people start showing up with guns. That’s when you say, do I either fly back to Plano, Texas, and not know what you’re going to do? Or do you walk to the gun store? I walked to the gun store. I didn’t want to go home.”

Armstrong had already won his seven Tour de France titles before he finally admitted using PEDs throughout his career in a January 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong acknowledged, for the first time, that he benefited from the use of blood transfusions, erythropoietin (EPO), testosterone and human growth hormone.

Armstrong’s admission came after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) accused him of doping and published detailed testimonies of former teammates who turned against him. USADA gave Armstrong a lifetime suspension as punishment for his long-term history of doping.

Armstrong was unceremoniously stripped of practically ever professional cycling title he ever won by the international cycling body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). He was also forced to pay a $5 million dollar settlement after the United States government sued him for fraud.

Armstrong did acknowledge learning some lessons from his experience. He recognized that it wasn’t just his doping that made him the target of USADA. It was the lengths to which he adamantly denied using PEDs. Armstrong was relentless in attacking and bullying friends, fellow cyclists and journalists who dared to suggest he used PEDs.

In retrospect, Armstrong learned that it was this behavior that hastened his downfall. He believes he could have gotten away with it all if he didn’t act like such an asshole.

“I don’t get investigated and sanctioned if I don’t act the way I acted. If I just doped and didn’t say a thing, none of that would have happened. None of it. I was begging for, I was asking for them to come after me. It was an easy target.”




Sources: Gleeson, S. (May 24, 2019). Lance Armstrong ‘wouldn’t change a thing’ on doping before ‘most colossal meltdown’. Retrieved from usatoday.com/story/sports/cycling/2019/05/24/lance-armstrong-wouldnt-change-thing-doping-scandal/1219465001/
 

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I love looking into the minds of champion athletes and gaining perspective I normally would not even consider before. Also speaking of teammates turning i wonder if something similar happened with that mma fighter TJ Dillashaw who popped for EPO and Team Alpha Male gym before he went to go train with Duane Ludwig. Awesome read right here thanks!
 

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I think it’s a stretch to say he never would have been investigated to the extent he was if he hadn’t been such an Ahole...just the fact he (and a American to boot) was so dominant for so long was probably reason enough for most of the Euro elite cycling snobs to keep pushing.
 

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I love looking into the minds of champion athletes and gaining perspective I normally would not even consider before. Also speaking of teammates turning i wonder if something similar happened with that mma fighter TJ Dillashaw who popped for EPO and Team Alpha Male gym before he went to go train with Duane Ludwig. Awesome read right here thanks!
Oh, Team Alpha Male fully accused him of doping after he left. I forgot if it was Urijah or Cody, but one of them (probably Cody) had the BEST verbal misstep - he said something along the lines of "TJ showed the whole gym how to dope..." - then he ate his words. It's a hilarious clip. They pretty openly accused him of being a cheater after he left, but the obvious implication is that it's unlikely nobody else there knew about it.

That doesn't mean the other fighters there are doping necessarily, just that it's likely somebody knew that TJ was doing some shady stuff.

Fun fact: Team Alpha Male changed its name to "Team Alpha MMA" to keep up with the times. Still one of the corniest names possible, but a *little* less corny than the former. Maybe.

Edit: Here's an article about Cody saying TJ showed TAM how to use PEDs: https://middleeasy.com/mma-news/cody-garbrandt-said-tj-dillashaw-showed-team-alpha-male-use-peds/

I'm too lazy to find the actual clip of him saying it but it wouldn't be hard to find. They're a silly bunch.
 
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His passion: cycling
His goal: with Tour de France
His networth: aprox. $50 million

IMO it is well worth it.

And like he said it's the winners who use at these top level events.

I trained with some Olynpic Canadian athletes and some Rugby Canada men...and we all got our stuff from the same guy.
 
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I say good for him.

He could easily take the pussy approach and apologize profusely and go on a anti doping campaign.....do what’s expected of him by all the know it all social justice folks.... but he hasn’t. He’s said fuck you... I did what it takes and I won’t apologize for that. The fact that he stands by his decisions in the shadows of all those who have branded him a monster is admirable.

Maybe if more athletes stepped up and were honest about such matters the public would start to realize just how much of this goes on and just how few top tier athletes are not gassed up in some way.

I’m not saying morally it’s right or wrong... it just is.

That I can respect.
 
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I watched a documentary about him the other night with testimony of many people around him and they all said that they had been threatened by him if they disclosed anything. And at the end Lance himself told that he would do it again.
I always liked the guy because he gave hope to lots of people suffering from cancer. He showed that everything was possible and I'm grateful for that.
 
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