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Lance Armstrong: 'I'd still won the Tour de France if all athletes played cleanly'

Lance Armstrong: 'I'd still won the Tour de France if all athletes played cleanly'

The former American cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour de France titles after being discovered using doping.

"I wish my wish came true. I wish the children from Plano and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, as well as Brooklyn and Montana (American places), believed that if they went to Europe and all fought with fists, the victory still belonged to them", said Lance Armstrong on NBC Sports. "I assure everyone that".

Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour de France titles from 1999-2005 in 2012, before admitting to taking medicine to enhance his performance. However, Armstrong insisted that it would not change if he had to reinvent his career because doping was only a small part of his efforts.

"What can we say? We are the hardest trainers, have the best tactics, perfect coordination, management, equipment and leading technology in the world. It is true that we made mistakes - using doping, but also doing everything necessary. Now it's just a mistake that all other efforts are erased. If only by doping and without the rest, we would just go back", Armstrong said.

Armstrong retired for the first time after winning seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005. This driver finished third overall when he returned in 2009, before retiring again in 2011.

The US doping agency (USADA) claims Armstrong "made one of the most sophisticated, professional and successful doping projects in all sports" when admitted Texas racers use doping. throughout the career in 2013.