The Undetectable Edge: Armstrong Reveals How He Beat Doping Tests

The seven-time Tour de France champion explained in detail how he avoided detection throughout his career

by Sededin Dedovic
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The Undetectable Edge: Armstrong Reveals How He Beat Doping Tests
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Lance Armstrong, who entered the history of sports as the most decorated athlete who was stripped of all the greatest awards, revealed how he cheated. He admitted in Billy Maher's podcast that he used substances that remained in the body for the shortest time, so that they could practically not be detected.

That's why he was "clean" on almost every doping control during his career.

Armstrong explained in detail how he avoided detection throughout his career

"In a sense, you were gaming the system, but what I've always said - and I'm not trying to justify what I said as something I'd like to repeat - but one of the lines was, 'I've been tested 500 times and I've never failed.

on doping control. That's not a lie. It's true. There was no way to escape control. When I urinated in the bottle they analyzed the urine, and it was always like that". He further revealed: "The reality is, and the whole truth is that some of the substances I used, especially those that were the strongest performance enhancers, had a short shelf life.

Certain substances, whether it's anabolic or cannabis, whatever, have a much longer shelf life in the human body. For example, you can smoke a joint and sit down and drive a tractor... In two weeks you will have a positive test for marijuana, because it stays longer in the body.

With EPO (a synthetic version of the hormone erythropoietin), which was as rocket fuel and which changed not only our sport, but all sports where strength and endurance are required, it was different - it was difficult to detect because it remained in the body for a short time.

About the side effects of the substance he was taking, Lance said: "I don't want to encourage anyone to do something they don't have to do. The truth is that you had a drug, an undetectable doping, that was extremely beneficial for performance and recovery.

Especially for performance... And, as led us to believe, which I do not agree with, if taken under the supervision of a doctor, it was safe".

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