Before his abrupt U-turn in a January 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong had, many times and in many forums, consistently denied that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Here is a sample of some of the cyclist's choicest comments on the subject before he finally admitted to doping.
Photo: This Jan. 14, 2013 photo provided by Harpo Studios Inc., shows talk-show host Oprah Winfrey interviewing cyclist Lance Armstrong during taping for the show "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive" in Austin, Texas.
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"They say, 'This is a new guy in the Tour. It can't be. He must be doped.' It's unfortunate." - TV interview on the way to winning his first Tour, in 1999.
Photo: Lance Armstrong of the USA who rides for the US Postal team takes a break before stage fifteen from St Gaudens to Piau-Engaly during the Tour De France on July 20, 1999.
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"Everybody wants to know: what am I on. What am I on? I'm on my bike, busting my ass six hours a day." - commercial for Nike in 2001.
Photo: A Nike Livestrong shirt and poster of cyclist Lance Armstrong are displayed in the window at a NikeTown store May 15, 2009 in San Francisco, California.
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"Luke's name is Armstrong and people know that name, and when he goes to school I don't want them to say, 'Oh yeah, your dad's the big fake, the doper.' That would just kill me." - from his second autobiography, "Every Second Counts," in 2003.
Photo: Lance Armstrong talks with his son Luke while one of his daughters and wife Kristin look on at the end of the 20th and last stage of the 90th Tour de France cycling race between Ville d'Avray and Paris Champs Elysees, 27 July 2003.
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"We're sick and tired of these allegations and we're going to do everything we can to fight them. They're absolutely untrue." - news conference, 2004.
Photo: Lance Armstrong speaks during a celebration in his honor on August 13, 2004 in front of the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas.
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"How many times do I have to say it? ... Well, if it can't be any clearer than 'I've never taken drugs.'" - videotaped testimony in lawsuit, 2005.
Photo: Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, seven time Tour de France winner, and chairman and founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during a full committee hearing on 'Cancer: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century' on May 8, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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"I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles." - 2005 Tour de France victory speech, taking aim at "the cynics and the skeptics."
"There are no secrets. This is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it." - same speech.
Photo: Picture taken on July 24, 2005 shows the overall winner US Lance Armstrong, flanked by German Jan Ullrich, speaking to spectators on the podium after the 21st stage of the 92nd Tour de France cycling race between Corbeil-Essonnes and the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
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"I have never doped." - on "Larry King Live," 2005.
Photo: Lance Armstrong attends an evening with Larry King & friends charity fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton on November 21, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.
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"I came out of a life-threatening disease. I was on my death bed. You think I'm going to come back into a sport and say, 'OK, OK doctor, give me everything you've got, I just want to go fast?' No way! I would never do that." - public forum, Aspen, Colorado, 2007.
Photo: Lance Armstrong finishes the Power of Four Mountain Bike Race on Aspen Mountain on August 25, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado.
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"You are not worth the chair that you're sitting on." - at journalist and doping critic Paul Kimmage, at 2009 news conference.
"Do we make mistakes, all of us? Absolutely. As a society, are we supposed to forgive and forget and let people get back to their job? Absolutely." - same news conference, arguing that dopers should get a second chance.
Photo: Reporter Paul Kimmage of The Times of London confronts Lance Armstong during a press conference at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on February 12, 2009 in Sacramento, California.
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"At the end of the day, I have nothing to hide." - Associated Press interview, 2009.
Photo: Lance Armstrong launches the three-day Global Cancer Summit organised by Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation at the RDS in Dublin, Ireland, on August 24, 2009.
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"CBS's reporting on this subject has been replete with broken promises, false assurances and selective reliance on witnesses upon whom no reputable journalist would rely." -- Armstrong statement released on his publicist's website
in response to the doping allegations made on "60 Minutes
" by fellow cyclists Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie in 2011.
Photo: An excerpt from the 2011 "60 Minutes" story in which former teammate Tyler Hamilton breaks his silence on Lance Armstrong's alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.