Los Angeles: Lance Armstrong says he would still be issuing strident denials if he hadn't been caught and then forced to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. (Lance Armstrong pleads for fair treatment in doping probe)
"If this stuff hadn't taken place with the federal investigation, I'd probably still be saying 'no' with the same conviction and tone as before. But that gig is up," Armstrong said in an interview with US news broadcaster CNN.
For more than a decade, the disgraced American cyclist Armstrong repeatedly denied he ever used banned drugs and bullied others who accused him of being a cheater. (Cycling tends to its wounds after Lance Armstrong)