Lance Armstrong is said to be mulling a confession to the use of performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career which was, until recently, on the record books among the sport’s all-time best.
The New York Times’ Juliet Macur reported on Friday evening that the Texan was considering admitting to cheating over his career in hopes of returning to high-level competition. The UCI banned Armstrong for life after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a thousand-page file outlining his use of blood doping and EPO during his then-unprecedented run of Tour de France wins. That ban extends to triathlons and marathons falling under the Olympic movement and other event promoters have excluded Armstrong from their events since October.
Armstrong elected not to fight the USADA allegations, and he was stripped of nearly every meaningful cycling result, save 1993 world and national championships and a pair of Tour de France stage wins. If he elects to come clean, it would mark a sea change for the Texan, who has rabidly denied doping over his career and has attacked those who have sullied his reputation, from newspapers to former teammates and staff.
It’s unclear at this point if an Armstrong confession would allow him to return to triathlon at any point. Check back to Triathlete-Europe.com as we continue to follow this developing story.
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