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Armstrong's confession

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18 January 2013

Lance Armstrong, the former cycling champion, has admitted to using drugs to improve his performance for the first time. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on her OWN Network, Armstrong said he had used drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins, from 1999 to 2005.

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Ben Wright

Lance Armstrong, the former cycling champion

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The confession took a long time to come. Despite being stripped of his Tour de France titles last year following a doping investigation, Lance Armstrong always denied cheating.

But he had been lying. The 41-year-old American cyclist told Oprah Winfrey he used performance enhancing drugs in every Tour de France contest he won.

He took banned substances and used blood transfusions to boost his performance. Without them, he said, it wouldn't have been possible to win.

Armstrong said he kept repeating "one big lie" and conceded that his admission would be "too late" for most people. "All the fault and all the blame lies with me," Lance Armstrong said.

But he claimed his actions had not felt like cheating at the time and denied having pressurised other members of his team to dope.

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Vocabulary

confession

admission of guilt

stripped of

had taken away

doping

using drugs in sport

performance enhancing drugs

substances used illegally to improve a sportsperson's ability

blood transfusions

adding blood to a person's body

conceded

accepted as true

admission

acceptance of the truth

blame

responsibility for a bad or wrong act

cheating

winning by dishonest means

pressurised

strongly tried to influence