It might be shocking to hear that Lance Armstrong says that if he had to go back, he'd still dope again. But hearing why is perhaps the most refreshingly honest answer he's given yet.
In an interview with the BBC, Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, bluntly stated, "If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to do it again. If you take me back to 1995, when it was completely and totally pervasive, I would probably do it again. People don't like to hear that."
Armstrong soon followed up by saying: "But it's an answer that needs some explanation. It was a bad decision at an imperfect time, but it happened. When Lance Armstrong did that, I know what happened because of that. I know what happened to the sport of cycling from 1990 to 2005. I saw its growth, I saw its expansion. ... I know what happened to my foundation from raising no money to raising $500 million dollars. Do we want to take it away? I don't think anybody says yes. What I would want to do, I would want to change the man who did those things. Maybe not the decision, but the way he acted, the way he treated people, the way he couldn't stop fighting. It was unacceptable, inexcusable."
Watch the full interview here.
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