Armstrong tells his truth: "He was probably 21 years old when he started doping"

His beginnings in doping were not in 1996, but four years earlier. "I was probably 21 years old, it was my first professional season"

The first episode of the documentary has already been released lance Armstrong on the ESPN network and as expected it has not disappointed.

In the trailer you could already see that the American was doping from a very young age and he did not rule out that his problem with testicular cancer was caused by the consumption of prohibited substances.

"I will tell my truth, what I remember from that time. Because nobody doping tells the truth. If in my case they asked me 10.000 times, I answered 10.000 lies.

And it is always inevitable to go a step further and threaten journalists, Filippo Simeoni (who testified that the American was advised by Michele Ferrari) or Emma O'Reilly (the masseuse who explained that her positive in the 1999 Tour was not due to an ointment), resulting in something much, much worse“Lance said in the first chapter.

The first part of this documentary, by three hours and 20 minutes, It was broadcast Sunday night in the United States by the ESPN network

The newspaper the world, publishes a summary of this first episode

"I'm not going to lie to you, I'm going to tell you my truth",

"I'm not going to lie to you, I'm going to tell you my truth," says the American at the beginning of 'Lance', the program where he goes back in front of the cameras to review his past, seven years after his famous confession of doping in a interview with TV star Oprah Winfrey.

It is developed around a series of interviews conducted with the ex-cyclist between 2018 and 2019,

'Lance', directed by Marina Zenovich, is developed around a series of interviews conducted with the former cyclist between 2018 and 2019, in which he modified some of the details he gave Winfrey.

Doping began at age 21

His beginnings in doping were not in 1996 but four years before. “I was probably 21 years old, it was my first professional season”

“Did we get vitamin injections and things like that before? Yes, but it wasn't illegal.

And I always knew what I was getting. I always knew what was in the injections and I always made the decision”, emphasizes Armstrong, who is 48 years old today.

Doping and cancer

“No one has ever told me: 'Don't ask, we'll give you this and that's it.' She would never have accepted it. I found out, it was a step on my part ”, emphasizes the person who was the leader of the US Postal and Discovery Channel teams.

Cortisone was the product Armstrong was consuming at the time. In 1993, he became world road champion in Oslo, one of the few titles that has not been withdrawn.

Later, the American made history by winning seven consecutive editions of the Tour de France, between 1999 and 2005.

But he was stripped of those victories after being banned for life in 2012 as a result of an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that determined that Armstrong was at the head of the "most sophisticated, professional and effective doping system in history." of sport".

"I did everything he told me (Michele Ferrari), I had blind faith in him,"

A year before the diagnosis, Armstrong had decided to seek the services of the controversial Italian doctor Michele Ferrari. “I did everything he told me, I had blind faith in him,” he recalls. He said that "all he needed were red blood cells."

In many ways (EPO) is a safe product.

“What I'm about to say won't be popular, but in many ways (EPO) is a safe product. As long as you use it in moderation, in limited quantities, under the supervision of a professional doctor”, affirms the Texan athlete.

“There are much more dangerous substances to inject into your body.” Armstrong says it was "not difficult" for him to resume EPO use to return to competition after beating cancer.

At age 15, he falsified the license to participate in a triathlon

In his childhood account, Armstrong recounts how, at age 15, he broke the rules for the first time by using a fake birth certificate to sign up for a triathlon event: “You had to be 16… I faked the certificate, participated illegally and I beat everyone”.


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