Lance Armstrong the TRUTH!!

Hey Guys,

We have the Oprah Winfrey transcript from her discussion with Lance Armstrong it makes juicy reading!!!

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has held a “no-holds barred” interview with chat show host Oprah Winfrey in which he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles.

In the first of a two-part interview  the 41-year-old American lifted the lid on one of the most high-profile stories in sporting history.

Oprah Winfrey: Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance?

Lance Armstrong: “Yes.”

Was one of those banned substances EPO?


Did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance?


Did you ever use any other banned substances such as testosterone, cortisone or Human Growth Hormone?


In all seven of your Tour de France victories, did you ever take banned substances or blood dope?


Was it humanly possible to win the Tour de France without doping, seven times?

“Not in my opinion. that generation. I didn’t invent the culture, but I didn’t try to stop the culture.”

For 13 years you didn’t just deny it, you brazenly and defiantly denied everything you just admitted just now. So why now admit it?

“That is the best question. It’s the most logical question. I don’t know that I have a great answer. I will start my answer by saying that this is too late. It’s too late for probably most people, and that’s my fault. I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times, and as you said, it wasn’t as if I just said no and I moved off it.”

You were defiant, you called other people liars.

“I understand that. And while I lived through this process, especially the last two years, one year, six months, two, three months, I know the truth. The truth isn’t what was out there. The truth isn’t what I said, and now it’s gone – this story was so perfect for so long. And I mean that, as I try to take myself out of the situation and I look at it. You overcome the disease, you win the Tour de France seven times. You have a happy marriage, you have children. I mean, it’s just this mythic perfect story, and it wasn’t true.”

Was it hard to live up to that picture that was created?

“Impossible. Certainly I’m a flawed character, as I well know, and I couldn’t do that.”

But didn’t you help paint that picture?

“Of course, I did. And a lot of people did. All the fault and all the blame here falls on me. But behind that picture and behind that story is momentum. Whether it’s fans or whether it’s the media, it just gets going. And I lost myself in all of that. I’m sure there would be other people that couldn’t handle it, but I certainly couldn’t handle it, and I was used to controlling everything in my life. I controlled every outcome in my life.”

You said to me earlier you don’t think it was possible to win without doping?

“Not in that generation, and I’m not here to talk about others in that generation. It’s been well-documented. I didn’t invent the culture, but I didn’t try to stop the culture, and that’s my mistake, and that’s what I have to be sorry for, and that’s what something and the sport is now paying the price because of that. So I am sorry for that. I didn’t have access to anything else that nobody else did.”

The case against Armstrong

  • The achievements of USPS/Discovery Channel pro cycling team, of which Armstrong was part of, were, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), accomplished through the most sophisticated, professional and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen.
  • The American was “engaged in serial cheating” and his career at the team was fuelled from start to finish by doping.
  • More than a dozen former team-mates, friends and former team employees confirmed a fraudulent course of conduct.
  • Armstrong acted with the help of a small army of enablers, including doping doctors, drug smugglers and others within and outside the sport and his team.
  • He had ultimate control over not only his own personal drug use but over the doping culture of the team.
  • Team staff were good at predicting when testers would turn up and seemed to have inside information.

Usada issued a 164-page report. CEO Travis Tygart said you and US Postal team pulled off the most sophisticated, professional and successful doping programme sport has ever seen. Was it?

“No. It definitely was professional, and it was definitely smart, if you can call it that, but it was very conservative, very risk-averse, very aware of what mattered. One race mattered for me. But to say that that program was bigger than the East German doping program in the ’70s and ’80s? That’s not true.”

What was the culture? Can you explain the culture to us?

“I don’t want to accuse anybody else. I don’t want to talk about anybody else. I made my decisions. They are my mistakes, and I am sitting here today to acknowledge that and to say I’m sorry for that. The culture was what it was.”

Was everybody doing it? That’s what we’ve heard. Was everybody doing it?

“I didn’t know everybody. I didn’t live and train with everybody. I didn’t race with everybody. I can’t say that. There will be people that say that. There will be people that say, ‘OK, there are 200 guys on the tour, I can tell you five guys that didn’t, and those are the five heroes’, and they’re right.”

How were you able to do it? Walk me through it. Pill deliveries, blood in secret refrigerators… how did it work?

“I viewed it as very simple. There were things that were oxygen-supplying drugs that were beneficial for cycling. My cocktail was EPO, but not a lot, transfusions and testosterone.

“I thought, surely I’m running low [on testosterone following the cancer battle] but there’s no true justification.”

Were you afraid of getting caught? In 1999 there was not even a test for EPO…

No. Testing has evolved. Back then they didn’t come to your house and there was no testing out of competition and for most of my career there wasn’t that much out-of-competition testing so you’re not going to get caught because you clean up for the races.

“It’s a question of scheduling. That sounds weird. I’m no fan of the UCI but the introduction of the biological passport [in 2008] worked.

“I’m paying the price and I deserve this. That’s okay. I deserve it.

“My ruthless desire to win at all costs served me well on the bike but the level it went to, for whatever reason, is a flaw. That desire, that attitude, that arrogance.”

When you placed third in 2009, you did not dope?

“The last time I crossed that line was 2005.”

Does that include blood transfusions? No doping or blood transfusions in 2009… 2010?

“Absolutely not.”

Were you the one in charge?

“I was the top rider, the leader of the team.”

If someone was not doing something to your satisfaction could you get them fired?

“No. I guess I could have but I never did. I was the leader of the team and the leader leads by example. There was never a direct order. That never happened. We were all grown men and made our choices. There were team-mates who didn’t dope.”

One former team-mate, Christian Vande Velde, told Usada you threatened to kick him off the team if he didn’t shape up and conform to the doping programme?

“That’s not true. There was a level of expectation. We expected guys to be fit to be able to compete. I’m not the most believable guy in the world right now. If I do it I’m leading by example so that’s a problem.

“I view one as a verbal directive and that didn’t exist. I take that. The leader of the team, the guy that my team-mates looked up to, I accept that 100%. I care a lot about Christian but when you go on to other teams and show the same behaviour…”

Were you a bully?

“Yes, I was a bully. I was a bully in the sense that I tried to control the narrative and if I didn’t like what someone said I turned on them.”

Is that your nature – when someone says something you don’t like, you go on attack? Have you been like that your entire life – 10-years-old, 12-years-old and 14-years-old?

“My entire life. Before my diagnosis I was a competitor but not a fierce competitor. When I was diagnosed, that turned me into a fighter. That was good. I took that ruthless win-at-all-costs attitude into cycling which was bad.”

Living the lie

How important was winning to you and would you do anything to win at all costs?

“It was win at all costs. When I was diagnosed (with cancer) I would do anything to survive. I took that attitude – win at all costs – to cycling. That’s bad. I was taking drugs before that but I wasn’t a bully.”

To keep on winning it meant you had to keep taking banned substances to do it? Are you saying that’s how common it was?

“Yes, and I’m not sure that this is an acceptable answer, but that’s like saying we have to have air in our tyres or we have to have water in our bottles. That was, in my view, part of the job.”

When you look at that do you feel embarrassed, shame, humble, tell me what you feel?

“This is the second time in my life when I can’t control the outcome. The first was the disease. The scary thing is, winning seven Tour de Frances, I knew I was going to win.”

Was there happiness in winning when you knew you were taking these banned substances?

“There was more happiness in the process, in the build, in the preparation. The winning was almost phoned in.”

Was it a big deal to you, did it feel wrong?

“No. Scary.”

It did not even feel wrong?

“No. Even scarier.”

Did you feel bad about it?

“No. The scariest.”

Did you feel in any way that you were cheating? You did not feel you were cheating taking banned drugs?

“At the time, no. I kept hearing I’m a drug cheat, I’m a cheat, I’m a cheater. I went in and just looked up the definition of cheat and the definition of cheat is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe that they don’t have. I didn’t view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field.”

But you knew that you were held to a higher standard. You’re Lance Armstrong.

“I knew that, and of course hindsight is perfect. I know it a thousand times more now. I didn’t know what I had. Look at the fallout.”

What do you mean by you ‘didn’t know’? I don’t think people will understand what you’re saying. When you and I met a week ago you didn’t think it was that big? How could you not?

“I see the anger in people, betrayal, it’s all there. People who believed in me and supported me and they have every right to feel betrayed and it’s my fault and I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologise to people.”

Lance Armstrong

  • Born: Plano, Texas
  • Tour de France: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 (22 individual stage wins)
  • World Championships road race: 1993
  • Battle with cancer: Diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996. The disease spreads through his body. Launches Lance Armstrong Foundation for Cancer. Declared cancer-free in 1997 after brain surgery and chemotherapy.
  • Retirement: Announces he will retire after the 2005 Tour de France, which he wins. Angered by drug allegations against him, Armstrong announces in September 2008 he will return to professional cycling. In June 2010, he reveals via Twitter that the 2010 Tour de France will be his last. On 16 February 2011, Armstrong announces retirement again.

You never offered it [performance-enhancing drugs] to them [team-mates], suggested they see Dr Michele Ferrari?

“There are people in this story, they are good people, we’ve all made mistakes, they are not toxic and evil. I viewed Dr Michele Ferrari as a good man and I still do.”

Was he the leader and mastermind behind the team’s doping programme? How would you characterise his influence on the team?

“No. I’m not comfortable talking about other people. It’s all out there.”

David Walsh of the Sunday Times in London said your relationship with Ferrari immediately dialled suspicion on you. Can you see that relationship was reckless?

“There were plenty of other reckless things. That would be a very good way to characterise that period of my life.”

What about the story [masseuse] Emma O’Reilly tells about cortisone and you having cortisone backdated – is that true?

“That was true.”

What do you want to say about Emma O’Reilly? You sued her?

“Emma O’Reilly is one of these people I have to apologise to. We ran over her, we bullied her.”

You sued her?

“To be honest, Oprah, we sued so many people I don’t even [know]. I’m sure we did.”

When people were saying things – Walsh, O’Reilly, Betsy Andreu [wife of former team-mate Frankie Andreu] and many others – you would then go on the attack for them, suing and know they were telling the truth. What is that?

“When I hear that there are people who will never believe me I understand that. One of the steps of this process is to say sorry. I was wrong, you were right.”

Have you called Betsy Andreu? Did she take your call? Was she telling the truth about the Indiana hospital, overhearing you in 1996? Was Betsy lying?

“I’m not going to take that on. I’m laying down on that one. I’m going to put that one down. She asked me, and I asked her not to talk about it.”

Is it well with two of you? Have you made peace?

“No, because they’ve been hurt too badly, and a 40-minute [phone] conversation isn’t enough.”

[With] Emma you implied the ‘whore’ word. How do you feel about that today? Were you trying to put her down? Shut her up?

“I don’t feel good. I was just on the attack. The territory was being threatened. The team was being threatened. I was on the attack.”

  I just cannot reconcile [winning speech after seventh Tour de France win]… What were you trying to accomplish there?

“I’ve made some mistakes in my life and that was a mistake (standing on podium after winning 2005 Tour de France and saying “believe in miracles”).

Were you particularly trying to rub it in the faces of those who came out against you and say they were lying – were you addressing them? What were you saying that for?

“That was the first year they gave the mic to the winner of the Tour and I was wondering what I was going to say. That just came out. Looking back at it now, it looks ridiculous.”

You said dozens of times in interviews you never failed a test. Do you have a different answer today?

“No I didn’t fail a test. Retroactively, I failed one. The hundreds of tests I took, I passed them. There was retroactive stuff later on.”

What about the Tour de Suisse [in 2001]?

“That story isn’t true. There was no positive test. No paying off of the lab. The UCI did not make that go away. I’m no fan of the UCI.

You made a donation to the UCI and said that donation was about helping anti-doping efforts. Obviously it was not. Why did you make that donation?

“It was not in exchange for help. They called and said they didn’t have a lot of money – I did. They asked if I would make a donation so I did.”

The penny drops

Many people feel the real tipping point was [former team-mate] Floyd Landis’s decision to come forward and confess?

“My comeback didn’t sit well with Floyd.”

Do you remember where you were when you heard Floyd, a former team-mate and protegé, was going to talk?

“I was in a hotel room (upon hearing Landis would reveal details of Armstrong’s doping). Floyd was sending text messages about his interview. I finally said ‘do what you have to do’. He went to the Wall Street Journal with the story.”

Did you rebuff him, would you say you rebuffed Floyd? Did you rebuff him after he was stripped of his Tour win, did you just blow him off?

“Up to that point I supported him when he tested positive. I tried to keep him on my team because he knew what others didn’t. I didn’t shun him.”

So that was the tipping point. And your comeback was also a tipping point. Do you regret coming back?

“I do. We wouldn’t be sitting here if I didn’t come back.”

You would have gotten away with it?

“Impossible to say, there would have been better chances but I didn’t.”

Did you not always think this day was coming? Did you not think you would be found out at some point, especially as so many people knew?

“I just assumed the stories would continue for a long time. We’re sitting here because there was a two-year criminal federal investigation.”

When the Department of Justice dropped the case, did you think ‘now finally it’s over, done, victory’? You thought you were out of the woods; the wolves had left the door?

“I thought I was out of the woods. And those were some serious wolves.”

What was the reaction when you learned Usada was going to pick up the case and pursue the case against you?

“My reaction was to fight back. I’d do anything to go back to that day. I wouldn’t fight. I wouldn’t sue them. I’d listen. I’d say guys, granted I was treated differently to other guys. Treated differently in that I wasn’t approached at the same time as other riders.

“They gathered all of the evidence and they came to me and said what are you going to do? Going back I’d say ‘give me three days. Let me call my family, my mother, sponsors, foundation’ and I wish I could do that but I can’t.”

Will you co-operate with Usada to help clear up the sport of cycling?

“I love cycling and I say that knowing that people see me as someone who disrespected the sport, the colour yellow. If we can, and I stand on no moral platform here, if there was truth and reconciliation commission – and I can’t call for that – if they have it and I’m invited I’ll be first man through the door.”

When you heard that [former team-mate] George Hincapie had been called to testify by Usada, did you feel that was the last card in this deck, the last straw?

“My fate was sealed [by George]. If George didn’t say it then people would say ‘I’m sticking with Lance’. George is the most credible voice in all of this. We’re still great friends. I don’t fault George. George knows this story better than anybody.”

Cant wait for the second part!! Exciting stuff!!

What are your thoughts??



Happy New Year!!! 2013!!!

We would like to wish you a Happy New Year!!!!

Cities around the World have already started celebrating, see below for how everyone is celebrating!!!

It’s not all doom and gloom on Wall Street: these traders have donned party glasses for the last day of 2012 trading on the New York Stock Exchange

Two pupils get ready to celebrate the New Year at a school in Jiangxi Province, China

In Japan, Shinto priests leave the worship hall of Meji Shrine after a ritual in preparation for the New Year. Some three million people are expected to visit the shrine to pray for their health, happiness and property during the first three days of 2013

Meanwhile, hundreds of people celebrate the traditional San Silvestre Swim at the Mlagros beach in Tarragona, northeastern Spain

Spectacular scenes across Sydney’s famous Harbour

Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour as it turns midnight

Lasers light up the sky above Victoria harbour in Hong Kong

Have a Great New Year what ever you do Outlet-Sunglasses!!!

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!!!!


Have a Great Christmas and a Great New Year!!!

F1 controversy Was it or Wasn’t it??


Formula 1’s ruling body, the FIA, says there is “no case” to answer in the controversy involving Sebastian Vettel’s overtaking of Jean-Eric Vergne during the Brazilian Grand Prix.

It confirmed exclusively to Autosport that it was in no doubt that Vettel’s pass was legitimate.

And F1 race director Charlie Whiting told German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that a green flag waved by the track before Vettel made his move overrides the flashing trackside warning lights which Ferrari were seeking clarification on.

The FIA confirmed that no further action would be taken.

“The incident wasn’t reported to stewards in the first place because it didn’t seem like there was a need to report it at the time,” Norman Howell, FIA director of communications, said.

“Now that Ferrari has sent us a letter asking for an explanation we will give it to them.”

Vettel was crowned champion for the third time at Interlagos after finishing in sixth position in an action-packed race in which he was spun after making contact with Bruno Senna on the opening lap.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished in second position, a result that left him three points behind Vettel in the standings.

On Wednesday evening, however, Ferrari said it was reviewing video footage allegedly showing Vettel overtaking Vergne in a yellow-flag sector between Turns 3 and 4 early in the race.

The team stated on Thursday that it had written to the FIA asking for clarification over the matter.

Whiting said that the yellow-flag sector at Interlagos started at the light panel just before Turn 3, at marshal sector 3, and ends about 150m before Turn 4, where a green light panel is displayed.

However, there is a marshal’s post in between these two panels and a green flag was being waved there on that lap.

Under the FIA’s rules for the Brazilian GP, if a green flag is displayed before a green light – as it was in Vettel’s case – it is the first green that counts.

Therefore, the FIA is in no doubt that Vettel’s pass was legitimate, which is why race control was not informed of any potential infringement.

The FIA confirmed to Autosport that no team had asked for a review of the incident. The ruling body also said it does not comment on the stewards’ decisions.

“The request for a clarification from the FIA, regarding Vettel’s passing move on Vergne, came about through the need to shed light on the circumstances of the move, which came out on the Internet only a few days after the race,” Ferrari said in a statement on their website.

“The letter to the FIA was in no way intended to undermine the legality of the race result. We received tens of thousands of queries relating to this matter from all over the world and it was incumbent on us to take the matter further, asking the Federation to look into an incident that could have cast a shadow over the championship in the eyes of all Formula 1 enthusiasts, not just Ferrari fans.

“Ferrari duly takes note of the reply sent by the FIA this morning and therefore considers the matter now closed.”

What are your thoughts?? All i know is that it was such an amazing race to watch!!!


Jessica Ennis Sports Womans of the Year!!


Proud to be YORKSHIRE!!!!!

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis has won the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award!!!! Congrats Jess!!

She deserves it as well the 26-year-old set three personal bests and a British record of 6,995 points on her way to gold in London.

Olympic gold medallists Katherine Grainger and Jade Jones and Paralympic champion Sarah Storey also won awards.

Ennis told BBC Sport: “It’s an incredible honour considering the amazing performances we’ve had this year from British women.”

Awards given out!!

  • Sportswoman of the Year -Jessica Ennis
  • Coach of the Year – Jenny Archer
  • Young Paralympian of the Year – Ellie Simmonds
  • Community Award – Di Redfern
  • Paralympian of the Year – Sarah Storey
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Sue Campbell
  • Team of the Year – GB team pursuit cyclists – Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell
  • The Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration – Claire Lomas
  • Young Olympian of the Year – Jade Jones
  • Olympian of the Year – Katherine Grainger
  • Young Sportswomen of the Year – Laura Robson & Heather Watson

Of the record 65 medals won by Team GB at the Olympics, British women were involved in winning 25 of them. The success continued at the Paralympics with female competitors winning 19 of 34 golds won by ParalympicsGB. Our Women know how to ‘Go for Gold’.


Funny Halloween Costumes!!

Hi Guys,

Thought as its nearly Halloween i would post some funny Halloween Costume pictures i have come across, feel free to post your own too and maybe we can find the best costume!! I love all the thought that goes into Halloween costumes especially if they are homemade ones, those are the best!!

























What do you think? Can you do better?


Ryder Cup Final day!! Amazing Scenes!!

Hi Guys,

WOW that’s one word for the final day of the Ryder Cup, we came back from the dead to show the Americans how FANTASTIC we really are!! Well done to the Europeans we have managed to retain the Cup, and the look on the Americans faces was priceless, they definitely didn’t expect that!

The last day didn’t start off that great for some of the European team:

McIlroy’s day had begun in extraordinary fashion, confusion over his tee time meaning he was still at the team hotel with just 25 minutes to go. Thanks to a police escort, he eventually reached the course 10 minutes before he was due to tee off, only Rory!!

His battle with Bradley was a see-saw classic, but he got his nose in front on the 14th and went two up on the 15th before closing out with a long putt on 17.

Ian Poulter pure magic on the Golf Course:

Poulter has been brilliant all week and made it four wins out of four in typically indomitable fashion against Webb Simpson, amazing for the Wildcard!!

Poulter had gone two holes down early and only went in front for the first time on par-three 17th when Simpson finally cracked under the enormous pressure and stuffed his tee-shot into the bunker left.

Simpson then pulled his iron approach to the 18th while Poulter fired his from out in the oak trees to 13 feet. When the American’s desperate long putt sailed way past, Europe had their third point in three.

Thoughts on theVictory:

“Europe have not only retained the Ryder Cup, they’ve won! They’ve won! One of the epic days in Ryder Cup history. Somehow Europe have found a way. That is the comeback to end all come-backs, and in hostile territory. Somewhere Seve Ballesteros, the patron saint of lost causes, is smiling down. His apprentice Ollie has done it. Kaymer’s nerve held.”
The Ryder Cup returns from 26 to 28 September 2014 at Gleneagles.
Watch the emotional speech  of Jose Maria Olazabal –