Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong recently said that he would still be vehemently denying any use of performance-enhancing drugs if he hadn't been forced to admit to it.
“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 CNN.
The disgraced American cyclist had for decades repeatedly denied accusations of using banned drugs and even bullied people who accused him of being a cheater, until he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2013 after being caught and was banned for life from the sport.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013, Armstrong admitted to using banned drugs like EPO, human-growth hormones and testosterone among others during his many years of competing at premier cycling events.
The 42-year-old Armstrong admitted that, “No one forced me or bullied me, so I am not going to say 'It's not my fault' I blame myself, that's the bottom line."
He told CNN that his "day-to-day life is positive" and added: “I never get crap, not once, and I'm surprised by that. Sure, I sometimes get the vibe that someone wants to say something, but it's never happened."
Armstrong has recently appeared in several interviews but has denied that it is propaganda to rebuild his reputation.
"I know at times it looks like it, but there's no PR campaign," he said, adding: "There's not a big study room where we're bouncing off ideas saying, 'Let's do Esquire, let's talk to (CNN).' I'm just flying by the seat of my pants."
The former champion said that he plans on writing a third book that "needs to be pretty intense and transparent."
"I need to write a book and it needs to be pretty raw,” he said, adding: "I need to 'boom' -- put it out there and let it sit.”
“The sooner the better. It has to be the right book, the right tone and there has to be totally no bull____."