Lance Armstrong Quotes

July 1999: "I have been on my deathbed, and I'm not stupid. I can emphatically say I am not on drugs."
“Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is, no one ascends alone.”
Lance Armstrong, It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life


Jan 2004: "I have never had a single positive doping test, and I do not take performance-enhancing drugs."
“This is my body, and I can do whatever I want to it. I can push it; Study it; Tweak it; Listen to it. Everybody wants to know what I am on. What am I on? I am on my bike busting my ass six hours a day; What are YOU on?”
- Lance Armstrong (Nike advert)
July 2004: "We're sick and tired of these allegations and we're going to do everything we can to fight them. They're absolutely untrue."

“If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on.”
- Lance Armstrong
Nov 2005: "How many times do I have to say it? … Well, it can't be any clearer than 'I've never taken drugs.'"
“My mother told me...if you're going to get anywhere, you're going to have to do it yourself, because no one is going to do it for you.”
― Lance Armstrong, It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
“The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy.”
― Lance Armstrong
Jan 2011: "If you're trying to hide something, you wouldn't keep getting away with it for 10 years. Nobody is that clever."

“Hard work, sacrifice and focus will never show up in tests.”
― Lance Armstrong

May 2011: "Twenty-plus-year career, 500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition. Never a failed test. I rest my case."

Quotes from Oprah Winfrey Interview Jan 2013:

"All the fault and all the blame here falls on me. I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times. I made my decisions. They are my mistakes, and I am sitting here today to acknowledge that and to say I'm sorry for that."
"I think this just ruthless desire to win. Win at all costs, truly. Serves me well on the bike, served me well during the disease, but the level that it went to, for whatever reason, is a flaw. Then that defiance, that attitude, that arrogance, you cannot deny it. "
I'll spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people for the rest of my life

Hey, she's one of these people that I have to apologise to. She's one of these people that got run over, got bullied. On Emma O'Reilly
Why admit it now?

I don't know that I have a great answer. I will start my answer by saying that this is too late. It's too late for probably most people, and that's my fault. I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times, and as you said, it wasn't as if I just said no and I moved off it"

My generation was no different than any other. The 'help' has evolved over the years but the fact remains that our sport is damn hard, the Tour was invented as a 'stunt, and very tough mother f**kers have competed for a century and all looked for advantages. From hopping on trains a 100 years ago to EPO now. No generation was exempt or 'clean'. Not Merckx's, not Hinault's, not LeMond's, not Coppi's, not Gimondi's, not Indurain's, not Anquetil's, not Bartali's, and not mine. (interview Jan 30, 2013)

- Lance Armstrong Biography 

Armstrong Quotes at Telegraph
Armstrong Doping denials at Guardian
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