Here are the most interesting tidbits of his confession, only a part of which was aired. It offers a glimpse into the mind of one of the most successful Americans who have ever lived. Do not read any further if you are offended by strong language. OPRAH WINFREY: Lance, thanks for speaking with me today. LANCE ARMSTRONG: No Oprah, thank you. OPRAH: Lance, I believe thereâs something you would like to tell everyone watching today. LANCE: Yeah, there sure is. OPRAH: And whatâs that? LANCE: I was a doper. I took performance enhancing drugs for the greater part of my cycling career. I regularly took EPO, and intermittently used anabolic steroids and testosterone. I used EPO to win each and every one of my Tour De France victories. OPRAH: How do you feel about that now? Are you sorry? LANCE: Oprah, I grew up in Plano, Texas, an only child with a single mum who struggled to look after me. Apart from my athletic abilities, I had no formal qualifications and few life skills. The one thing I was good at was winning triathlons, and I really kicked ass in the cycling leg. It was the one thing I loved most and it was the one thing I could do better than anyone else my age. If I sat here and said I was sorry for doping, that would make me the biggest fucking hypocrite on the planet. Because the reality is, without doping, Iâd still be a nobody in Plano, Texas. Instead, I was able to win the worldâs most gruelling athletic event seven years in a row, something that no-one else on this planet has ever done. I was able to experience a standard of living that I could otherwise only have ever dreamed about. I was able to meet amazing people all over the world. I owned beautiful houses on two different continents and drove exotic sports cars. That might sound kinda materialistic, but believe me, it sure beats living in some 2-bedroom shitshack and having to ride your bike to dates. And speaking of dates, I went out with the kind of women that, without my sporting successes, I never would have even had the opportunity to meet, let alone date and marry. Basically, I lived a dream. I did things and went places and met people that your average person could never hope to. If I die tomorrow, Iâll die knowing Iâve lived an amazingly full life. Most importantly, I was able to make my Mom proud. She sacrificed so much for me, and I felt like I had finally done something to repay her. Her efforts werenât in vain. I had become a somebody, I was a success. And I was able to buy her a nice place, buy her nice things, fly her overseas so she could see Europe and watch me race. Without doping, none of this â none of it â would ever have happened. OPRAH: But many people would object that your success was built on lies, that it was all a massive fraud. You cheated. LANCE: Hereâs the deal Oprah: At the pro level, everyone cheated. Everyone took performance-enhancing drugs. Well, maybe not everyoneâ¦those guys you saw rolling in behind the peleton, looking utterly exhausted? They might have been clean. The guys that lasted a year or two on the Pro Tour, then headed back home? They might have been clean. But if you wanted to actually win something, especially something major like the Giro or Tour De France, then you had to dope. End of story. All your competitors were doing it. You simply didnât have a choice. It was either dope, or donât win. I wanted to be a champion more than anything, and I realized very early on that without drugs, that would never happen. This was made pretty clear to me early on. OPRAH: Who made this clear to you? Coaches? Other riders? LANCE: Coaches, other riders, team staffâ¦letâs just say that as soon as youâre in the pro ranks, it doesnât take long to figure out what success as a pro entails. OPRAH: Did you ever suffer any side effects as a result of your drug use? LANCE: Nope. OPRAH: Do you think your cancer may have been caused, at least in part, by your drug use? LANCE: Oprah, neither EPO nor anabolic steroids cause testicular cancer. Iâll never know for sure, but Iâd say smashing my balls against my goddamn bike seat for six hours a day, seven days a week is what caused my testicular cancer. Cyclists in general have had a long history of problems down south. Thank heavens for the anatomic saddles they have nowadays. The only thing that makes me wonder is the HGH [human growth hormone] I took in my earlier years. Theoretically, that could promote cancer if you have the seeds of a tumour already forming, but I guess weâll never know if that in fact played a part. At any rate, I stopped using it. I never used it during or after my comeback. Apart from maybe helping connective tissue injuries, itâs a crap performance enhancer anyway. OPRAH: You donât sound at all sorry for using drugs. LANCE: Iâm not. I didnât hurt anyone by using EPO. I didnât âcheatâ per se, because I was simply doing what everyone else was doing. Cheating supposedly means youâre doing something to give you an unfair advantage. But how is taking EPO an unfair advantage when everyone else is also using EPO? If having an advantage that others donât is cheating, then my entire training regimen was cheating, because I consulted physiologists, doctors and coaches that most of the other riders didnât have access to. I used to work in close consultation with Trek to improve the design and aerodynamics of my bike. Few other riders would have had such a close relationship with their bike supplier, so I guess that was cheating too? The truth is that if I knew I wouldnât get caught, Iâd do it all over again. Because, again, the life that my professional success bought me was a much better alternative to the one I faced as a non-pro. Do you really expect me to sit here and say sorry for taking the performance-enhancing drugs that allowed me to become financially secure and date rock stars and beauty queens? Without my success as a competitive cyclist, there would be no Livestrong Foundation. All the support weâve given to cancer victims over the yearsâ¦itâs all well and good to claim Iâve disgraced Livestrong, but the reality is, no EPO, no success, no Livestrong. Folks like David Walsh accuse me of âconningâ cancer victims, but whereâs the con? I had cancer, and I survived it. Trust me, that shit was real. Has Walsh ever beaten cancer? Whatâs he ever done to help cancer sufferers? OPRAH: But couldnât you still have won without drugs? LANCE [Looking at Oprah like sheâs just landed from another planet]: Sure I could have won without drugs â if everyone else was also racing without drugs. But they werenât. Everyone was juiced. You simply didnât win a three-week epic stage race like the Tour De France on nothing but chicken breast, pasta and Enduro drinks. Thatâs something people need to realize and accept, before they sit in pious judgement. Itâs all well and good for jealous, scandal-seeking journalists and armchair spectator-types to sit and judge, but Iâd like to see these people get off their cellulite-laden asses and win a single stage, let alone finish an entire Tour. They can take as many drugs as they want, but Iâm guessing they still wouldnât get very far. OPRAH: So you have absolutely no regrets about your doping? LANCE: Oprah, letâs cut the bullshit. The only reason Iâm here is because I have to be. I want to clear the air. I want to tell my side of the story. Society, in all its wisdom, has evidently decided that doping is an evil on par with murder and child abuse. As one especially brilliant and lucid writer has pointed out, my doping saga has attracted more media airtime and more global scorn than that ever experienced by any paedophile. Which is pretty fucked. People really need to get some perspective. There is some pretty evil shit going on in the world right now, and people are getting their knickers in a knot because I took a red blood cell-boosting agent to win bike races? Fucking trolls. And yeah, I lied about it, but I didnât have much choice, did I? I mean, what was I supposed to say? âHey everyone, just letting you know that I take performance-enhancing drugs, but please donât tell WADA or the USADA, OK?â Câmon, get realâ¦ Barack Obama quietly signs the NDAA into effect, an unprecedented act which pretty much shits on the Constitution and legitimizes the indefinite detention of American citizens on a loosely defined definition of terrorism. Yet people sing and dance when he gets re-elected and treat the guy like heâs some kind of hero! Heâs failed to live up to every single promise heâs ever made, yet Hollywood celebrities trip over themselves to endorse him! Even Bruce Springsteenâ¦what a disgrace! I threw my Born on the Fourth of July CD in the garbage compactor when I saw that shit. Meanwhile, Iâm losing sponsors like thereâs no tomorrow and being made to look like Dr. Evil because I took a drug that increases your red blood cell count and hence allows you to ride your bicycle faster and longer. What a fucking crock!