American cyclist lance Armstrong said that he first took drugs in the 21 years of age, but growth hormone is used only in the 1996 season.
Armstrong, who is now 48 years old, in 2012, was stripped of his seven victories in “Tour de France” (produced consistently from 1999 to 2005) after it was revealed that he cheated throughout his career and was the mastermind of mass doping.
In October 1996, a 25-year-old Armstrong underwent chemotherapy from cancer and was on the brink of survival. On the question of whether he felt that he had cancer because of doping, Armstrong said:
“I don’t know the answer to this question. But I certainly wouldn’t say no. I will tell you that the only time in my life when I was taking growth hormone, is the season of 1996. And the first time I took the dope 21 in 1992, my first professional season. It was drugs that stimulate the production of cortisone in the body.
But the EPO was a completely different level. The benefits were great. Sport has moved from low-octane doping to a high-octane rocket fuel. It was a decision we had to make. If we got injections of vitamins and other things at an earlier age? Yes. But they were not illegal.”
In the new three-hour documentary about the athlete from ESPN, consisting of two parts, included the testimony of riders, coaches and journalists, tells constant lies about Armstrong’s ongoing doping.
Note that the confession about the doping 21 years compromises the only big title that Armstrong is not selected (gold world Cup 1993).