1. Tour de France

    Armstrong: You Have to Dope

    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo,  Lance Armstrong prepares for the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race in Rancho Bernardo, Calif.  The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is bringing doping charges against the seven-time Tour de France winner, questioning how he achieved those famous cycling victories.  Armstrong, who retired from cycling last year, could face a lifetime ban from the sport if he is found to have used performance-enhancing drugs. He maintained his innocence, saying: "I have never doped." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

    Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

    On the eve of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong told the French newspaper Le Monde that it’s “impossible” to win the classic race without doping. “Because it’s a test of endurance, where oxygen is the determining factor,” he said. Armstrong, who has become a reviled figure in France after being stripped of his seven Tour titles, added that French champion Laurent Jalabert is “lying” about his own doping. “I didn’t invent doping, I just participated in the system.” The disgraced former champion made a number of non-racing comments, including a remark that former president Nicolas Sarkozy was “always cool with me.”

    Read it at Le Monde