Lance Armstrong admits to doping during all 7 tours
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In a much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday evening, fallen international cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career, which included seven Tour de France wins.
Armstrong said he could not have won the races without illegal help.
"I don't want to accuse anybody else,” Armstrong said. “I don't want to necessarily talk about anybody else. I made my decisions. They are my mistake, and I am sitting here today to acknowledge that and to say I'm sorry for that."
Armstrong told Oprah the last time he used any performance enhancing drugs--or blood doping--was in 2005, which is the year he won his final Tour de France.
He also denied using when he made his comeback to cycling in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, he finished in third place at the tour.
Several bars around Austin held viewing parties to watch the first part of Winfrey’s interview, including Little Woodrow’s on West Sixth Street downtown.
Patron Virginia Allee said she was ready to hear Lance's confession, but she was surprised by the extent of his deceit.
"Just the repeated lies that he's told over and over again for years just to win at all cost,” she said. “That's just ruthless."
The second part of Armstrong and Winfrey’s interview will air Friday night on OWN, which is channel 225 on Time Warner Cable.