How Lance Armstrong Lived a Lie (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Since shortly after winning his first Tour de France title, Lance Armstrong has been under siege.

Whether from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, federal prosecutors, or former teammates, the world’s most famous cyclist has faced accusations of illegal performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

But with every eyewitness claim, or suspicious blood sample, or official investigation, Armstrong stood by his story: I never doped.

Until now.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday, Armstrong admitted to doping during the time he raced to seven consecutive Tour de France wins.

“I felt he was thorough. He was serious. He certainly prepared himself for this moment,” Winfrey told CBS This Morning during a segment promoting her interview, which will be aired over two nights — Thursday, Jan. 17, and Friday, Jan. 18 — on the OWN Network’s Oprah’s Next Chapter. “It was surprising to me … for myself, my team, all of us in the room. We were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers.”

Armstrong’s confession comes after the International Cycling Union (UCI), the worldwide governing body of cycling, stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour titles and banned him from the sport for life back in October. “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling,” said the union’s president, Pat McQuaid, according to CNN. The decision cited the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s damning 200-page report revealing Armstrong’s deep involvement in the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement.

But before his fall from grace, Armstrong dodged the doping allegations for over a decade. How exactly? With a steady stream of denials, defenses and distractions. Look back at how Armstrong battled doping claims through his once-decorated career.

After taking a gander at the gallery, are you surprised that Armstrong is finally coming clean? Explain why in the comments.

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