Lance Armstrong still considers himself as the 7-time Tour de France winner

Professor Clark D. Haptonstall

Posted: August 10, 2014

Tagged: cycling / doping / events / media

In a very interesting interview that aired today on the Dan Patrick television/radio show, Lance Armstrong revealed that he still considers himself the 7-time winner of the Tour de France even though his titles were stripped due to his admitted doping.

Armstrong also said that he could not have won the Tour de France without doping because that was the culture of the sport from the late 1980s through the mid-2000s.

“There really were no secrets,” Armstrong told Patrick. “We knew what the other guys were doing or not doing. It wasn’t as if we had conversations in the peloton or at dinner but we all understood how the game was being played.”

The interview also revisits an intriguing ethical dilemma. Armstrong cheated to win the Tour de France which made him hugely popular. His success also raised awareness about The LIVESTRONG Foundation. Because of the added visibility, LIVESTRONG has raised $500 million to help fight cancer. So here’s the conundrum. Armstrong cheats his way to the top, and as a direct result, three million cancer patients have been helped.

The interview was three segments long and lasted nearly 30 minutes. Below is a seven minute excerpt.

About Professor Clark D. Haptonstall

Clark D. Haptonstall, Ph.D. is Department Chair & Professor in the Practice Department of Sport Management at Rice University in the United States