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Lance Armstrong

YES, I DOPED

1/18/2013 6:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lance Armstrong
just confessed ... EVERYTHING.

Lance admitted it all during his Oprah interview -- saying he took banned substances to enhance his cycling performances before all 7 of his Tour de France wins ... he blood doped ... he took testosterone ... EPO ... human growth hormone ... everything you can imagine.

Lance had denied the allegations for years -- and when Oprah asked why he came forward now, Lance replied, "I don't know that I have a great answer. I will start now by saying this is too late ... I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times ... I am a flawed character."

He added, "I didn't invent the [doping] culture, but I did nothing to stop the culture ... and I am sorry for that."

Lance said he began using EPO (erythropoietin) -- a hormone that enhances red blood cell production -- in the mid 90s. 

When asked if he was ever afraid he'd be caught -- Lance replied, "No."
When asked if it felt wrong at the time -- Lance replied, "No."
When asked if he felt like he was cheating -- he replied, "No ... I viewed it as a level playing field."

As for how the whole operation worked, Armstrong hedged on the details -- saying, "I viewed it as very simple. You had things that were oxygen-boosting drugs, for lack of a better word, that were incredibly beneficial for endurance sports. And that's all you needed."

He added, "My cocktail was only EPO ... not a lot ... transfusions and testosterone."

Lance -- who referred to his former self as "an arrogant pr*ck" -- isn't shocked by the outrage over his lies and deceit ... saying, "I deserve it."

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295 COMMENTS

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31.

DiM    

If he is in denial of his personality disorders, he will live his whole life this way, but it seems that he has come to some awareness. He didn't have to do it on Oprhah, though. Yes, he is no sportsmen, but I wish him the best in his personal development.

553 days ago
32.

Susan Jeter    

How I would love to see this lying S.O.B. go to prison.

553 days ago
33.

Vanessa    

white ppl 0 black ppl 1

553 days ago
34.

Toilethead    

I watched it for a little while, but turned it off. He's no longer relevant and I couldn't care less what happens to him.

553 days ago
35.

geminiman7    

I'm just glad he's not black. Otherwise TMZ readers would be calling him racist names and blaming the entire race--and there would be quadruple the # of hate comments!

553 days ago
36.

Dublin2016    

Hmmmmm..

553 days ago
37.

Dawn    

He's not. the first to cheat and lie in sports and he sure as **** isn't the last..... I'm disappointed but.not surprised

553 days ago
38.

KellyCdB    

This is like Anderson Cooper coming out. Was anyone really surprised?

553 days ago
39.

exlax    

now we know why the crow didn't eat the weinie

553 days ago
40.

Tree    

YES, I FARTED


SO WHAT!

553 days ago
41.

Rocco    

Breaking News: L O L

553 days ago
42.

tamara    

Makes you wonder how many other athletes are doping. Anything for fame & $$$ even if it ruins their health. wow

553 days ago
43.

Usagi-chan    

So at what point do the lawsuits begin? I am sure prize money was involved.

553 days ago
44.

Annie    

Why doesn't he include the entire operation he had going along with all the blackmailing with all of the other bikers...This idiot was the top pro of the Doping game, and used his fame to ruin other great bikers names. I think this prick should do some jail time from all of this shadiness. And where are his best friends from the acting world, suddenly disappear??? So sick of all of this crappola in the world today!!!!

553 days ago
45.

jim    

"When asked if he felt like he was cheating -- he replied, "No ... I viewed it as a level playing field."

I am having a really hard time thinking Lance was the only guy doping. If I were some of these other guys on "the level playing field", I'd be waiting for the other shoe to drop - for Armstrong to start naming names. I find it hard to believe he'll go down alone.

553 days ago
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