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Armstrong finally admits doping

CONFESSION:Experts said that while Lance Armstrong is unlikely to face criminal exposure, his admission would make it more difficult to defend against civil lawsuits

Reuters, NEW YORK

“Tonight, Lance Armstrong finally acknowledged that his cycling career was built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit,” Tygart said in a statement. “His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step in the right direction, but if he is sincere in his desire to correct his past mistakes, he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities.”

Armstrong has already been banned for life, stripped of his all race wins and dumped by his sponsors, but his problems are far from over.

“I thought I was out of the woods,” Armstrong said. “I just assumed the stories would continue for a long time. We’re sitting here because there was a two-year federal criminal investigation.”

On Thursday, hours before the interview went to air, the International Olympic Committee stripped him of the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Games.

As a result of his confession, the 41-year-old Texan now faces the prospect of various legal challenges and orders to repay some of the million of dollars he earned from his success.

Legal experts said that while Armstrong is unlikely to face criminal exposure, his admission would make it more difficult to defend against civil lawsuits, including a federal whistle-blower claim filed by former teammate Floyd Landis.

“There are lawyers across the country representing various interests who are recording that interview,” said Matt Orwig, a former federal prosecutor now with the law firm Jones Day. “From a legal perspective, his issues are becoming more difficult, not less.”

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