- The Washington Times
Friday, May 24, 2019

Disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong revealed in a new interview that he has no regrets about the doping scandal that stripped him of his Tour de France titles.

“I wouldn’t change a thing,” Mr. Armstrong told NBCSN’s Mike Tirico in an upcoming interview, according to an excerpt released by the network.

Mr. Armstrong became an international hero in the late 1990s after he overcame testicular cancer and went on to win a record seven Tour de France titles and a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was later stripped of his titles and banned from all sports for life after he was accused of being the ringleader of the largest doping scheme in cycling.

Amid the scandal, he resigned from his Livestrong Foundation, which provides support for people affected by cancer, and lost millions of dollars in lawsuits and endorsements. In 2013, he admitted to cheating during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.

NBCSN, owned by NBC Sports Group, said Thursday that it would broadcast a 30-minute interview with Mr. Armstrong next week, called “Lance Armstrong: Next Stage,” in which the 47-year-old former cyclist will discuss his fall from grace.

“I wouldn’t change the way I acted,” he said in the interview. “I mean I would, but this is a longer answer. Primarily, I wouldn’t change the lessons that I’ve learned. I don’t learn all the lessons if I don’t act that way. I don’t get investigated and sanctioned if I don’t act the way I acted. If I just doped and didn’t say a thing, none of that would have happened. None of it. I was begging for, I was asking for them to come after me. It was an easy target.

“We did what we had to do to win,” he said. “It wasn’t legal, but I wouldn’t change a thing — whether it’s losing a bunch of money, going from hero to zero.”

The full interview will air Wednesday after Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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