Lance Armstrong fell from grace the way Hemingway described bankruptcy: gradually, and then suddenly. Accused for years of being involved in a wide-ranging doping scandal, Armstrong was stripped of most of his honors, including his seven Tour de France titles. In January 2013, he finally came clean about his doping usage in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to Yahoo Sports.
Now, in some of his first public comments since that date, Armstrong appears to be shoring up his position as the true seven-time champion, regardless of what any sanctioning body might say. In an interview with Outside magazine, Armstrong spoke at length about those disputed wins.
"Yes, I feel that I won the races," Armstrong said. "I know that is not a popular answer, but the reality is that ... [the doping era in cycling] was just a messy time. It was basically an arms race, and we all played ball that way."
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