Armstrong's confession

Lance Armstrong dan Oprah
Image caption Armstrong said he had used drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins.

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.

Reporter: Ben Wright


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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.


Listen to the words

confession: pengakuan bersalah

stripped of: dicabut, ditarik

doping: penggunaan obat

performance enhancing drugs: obat penambah performa olahragawan

blood transfusions: transfusi darah

conceded: mengakui

admission: pengakuan kebenaran

blame: tanggungjawab atas kesalahan

cheating: menipu, berbuat curang

pressurised: menekan

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