Lance Armstrong: It's not like we just showed up to the Tour de France and won

The disgraced former rider says he still had to put in the necessary 'building blocks' to win the Tour, but says 'high-octane' drug use was necessary

Lance Armstrong says that he truly did train hard even with the "high-octane" doping programme he used to win seven Tour de France titles. The Texan, stripped of those wins and suspended for life, spoke with university students in Colorado on Tuesday.

In 2012, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) showed that Armstrong doped for most of his career. He now is facing lawsuits and paying massive settlement fees.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.