Lance Armstrong was the most successful road racing cyclist in history, winning a record seven Tour De France yellow jersey’s and building a wealth of around $125 million off of the back of his status as a global sporting superstar, but his career was dogged by constant allegations of performance enhancing drug abuse in a sport which had already been established to be one of the dirtiest around, the earliest of those drug allegations was in 2004 when two investigate reporters published a book which claimed that Armstrong had started using then in 1995 when part of the Motorola Team.
It wasn’t until 2010 that Armstrong would face Federal Investigation by the FDA in the United States, an investigation which would eventually lead to Armstrong admitting to doping in February 2013 in order to avoid criminal charges. The United States Anti-Doping Agency were also running their own investigation and accused Armstrong of running a major doping ring and of drug trafficking, and as a result of that investigation they decided to ban him for life from WADA sanctioned sports.
In January 2013, after years of denials and rebuttals,Armstrong finally faced the public and was prepared to admit to the public that he was a drugs cheat in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, in the interview he admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during periods of his career. Armstrong has since participated in other interviews about his drug abuse and subsequent life, e.g. Lance Armstrong: The Big Interview (BBC, 2015).
If you want to learn more about the circumstances surrounding Armstrong’s downfall then consider reading the bestselling book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, written by Juliet Macur who was one of the few media members to be granted one-on-one to Armstrong as his drug use was exposed. It is available to purchase in paperback, hardback and kindle formats.