In 1991, Armstrong competed in his first Tour DuPont, a long and difficult 12-stage race, covering 1,085 miles over 11 days. Though he finished in the middle of the pack, his performance announced a promising newcomer to the world of international cycling. He went on to win another stage race, the Settimana Bergamasca race, in Italy later that summer.
For nearly a decade, Armstrong has been under intense speculation that he had used performance-enhancing drugs from 1999 to 2005 (he won the Tour de France seven consecutive times during this period), but in June 2012, the U.S Anti-Doping Agency brought formal charges against him, threatening to strip the famous cyclist of his Tour titles.
In a strange turn of events, in January 2013, during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career, beginning in the mid-1990s. During his interview with Winfrey, Armstrong stated that he took the hormones cortisone, testosterone and erythropoietin (also known as EPO), and conducted blood transfusions to boost his oxygen levels. “I am deeply flawed … and I’m paying the price for it, and I think that’s okay. I deserve this,” Lance stated during the interview, adding that he took illegal drugs as a professional athlete due to a “ruthless desire to win … the level that it went to, for whatever reason, is a flaw.”
Armstrong won the Olympic Bronze at the 2000 Sydney Games. In September 2013 he tweeted that he had returned it to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
It’s not about the Bike is Lance Armstrong’s Autobiography. It was published in 2000.