Tour de France

Lance Armstrong: Tour de France ‘Impossible’ Without Doping

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.”