New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Lance Armstrong said that if he had to compete again he would still dope in order to level the playing field since everyone else in cycling was doing it too.
“I knew what my competitors were doing. We [his U.S. Postal Service team] were doing less,” Armstrong told ESPN The Magazine.
He felt that he was singled out and ultimately stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles because he fought back so hard against those who accused him of doping.
“Because I was more litigious. Because I was more combative,” said about the reason that led to what he believed was an unfair treatment.
He emphasized that he can live with the thought of testing positive but not with the idea that he cheated his competitors.
Armstrong added that the part about his downfall that bothers him the most is that he has lost the trust of cancer survivors who looked up to him because he had beaten cancer and become a champion.
“They fought for me,” he said. “Whether it’s in an online discussion or in a hallway or a workplace or cafe or bar, they had my back. And now they got egg on their face. That’s the thing that hurts me the most and the thing I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to make up for.”