A candid Lance Armstrong reflects on his ‘colossal meltdown’ in CU-Boulder visit

lance2Disgraced cyclist admits doping, but says everyone was doing it
From Boulder Daily Camera

In a wide-ranging and candid talk at the University of Colorado on Tuesday, Lance Armstrong discussed his life now, his views on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and what he’s tried to do to make amends for his past wrongs.

Armstrong, the former professional cyclist who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and barred from the sport for life for doping, spoke to a room full of CU students during a class on sports governance.

For years, Armstrong denied using performance-enhancing drugs and publicly challenged his accusers. He began to acknowledge doping publicly in a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During the informal conversation, Armstrong — wearing jeans and a black button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up — drew laughs from the audience, cursed and said he would answer students’ questions honestly.

“You’re not going to hear any bullshit today,” he said. “Everything you hear today is true.”

Students were blunt, too. The first question of the 90-minute session was whether Armstrong could have won without blood doping.

The short answer: no. Armstrong said the impact of blood doping was so powerful in the late 1990s and early 2000s that, without it, sustained success would have been impossible.

He went on to discuss his life now, nearly four years after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charged him with doping dating back to 1996…

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