Lane Armstrong wouldn’t use steroids today. But, if he could go back in time to his Tour de France days, the athlete claims he would probably take performance-enhancing drugs again.
“If I was racing in 2015, I wouldn’t do it again,” the 43-year-old cyclist said in a new interview. “Take me back to 1995 when it was completely and totally pervasive, I’d probably do it again. People don’t like to hear that. That’s the honest answer.
“It’s an answer that needs some explanation,” he continued. “I look at everything when I made that decision, when my teammates made that decision. It was a bad decision in an imperfect time, but it happened.”
Lance competing in the Tour de France in July 2004.
Lance was later stripped of his seven Tour de France titles — which he consecutively won between 1999 – 2005 — and has since been banned from competitive cycling for life. Though he claimed he wouldn’t change his past decisions, he did admit he would alter “the man who did those things,” if given the chance.
“For 15 years I was a complete a–hole to a dozen people… that’s the man that really needed to change and never come back,” the athlete said.
“If I go back to 1995, I think we’re all sorry. You know what we are sorry for? We’re sorry we were put in that place. None of us wanted to be in that place. We all would have loved to compete man on man… naturally, clean. Yeah, we’re sorry. We all looked around as desperate kids,” he told ‘BBC Sport.’