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Lance Armstrong admits to doping in Oprah interview

  • Lance Armstrong has admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins.

    Speaking in the first of a two- part interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on Thursday, Armstrong revealed he took performance-enhancing drugs in each of his Tour wins from 1999-2005, adding that doping was "part of the process required to win the Tour".

    The 41-year-old was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the sport's governing body, UCI, last year.

    He had maintained his innocence despite receiving a life ban from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

    Armstrong’s acknowledgement comes just a day after he was stripped of the bronze medal he won during the Sydney Olympics in 2000 by the International Olympic Committee.

    In response the USADA has urged Armstrong to detail "under oath" the full extent of his doping.

    The UCI said it welcomed Armstrong's decision "to come clean and confess".