One of the more interesting facets to Lance Armstrong‘s interview with Oprah Winfrey, in addition to admitting to basically all the things he’s been denying for years, is that he claims the blood doping and EPO and testosterone usage stopped before his comeback a couple years ago.
“That I doped after my comeback is not true. The last time I crossed the line, that line, was 2005,” says Armstrong.
This means that his third-place finish at the 2009 Tour de France and his 23rd-place finish at the 2010 Tour de France were supposedly done completely clean.
Armstrong also denies that his doping program was more sophisticated than, say, the East German doping program in the 1970s and 1980s. And he further says he did not intimidate teammates into doping.
“The idea that anyone was forced or pressured or encouraged, that’s not true,” says Armstrong.
But his former teammate Jonathan Vaughters tells “CBS This Morning,” “You know, he was an immensely intimidating person, and he was held by such high regard and such an icon in the sport. And when someone’s in that position, if they look cross-eyed at you, you know, you’re worried about it.”