(NEW YORK) — Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted he would cheat again if the circumstances were right.
“If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn’t do it again because I don’t think you have to do it again,” Armstong said in an interview with the BBC. “If you take me back to 1995, when it was completely and totally pervasive, I would probably do it again.”
Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey in January 2013, after years of denying any wrongdoing, that he did dope while winning seven straight Tour de France championships.
Armstrong blames the culture of racing back in the 2000s, during which time he claims the vast majority of cyclists were using some sort of performance-enhancing substance to get an advantage.
“When I made that decision, when my teammates made that decision, the whole peloton made that decision, we get it,” Armstrong said. “It was a bad decision in an imperfect time, but it happened.”
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and was removed as chairman of the Livestrong Foundation, the charitable organization he founded, after evidence proved he cheated.
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