Before his abrupt U-turn in an interview this week with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong consistently had denied many times and in many forums that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
Here is a sample of some of the cyclists choicest comments on the subject before he finally admitted to doping:
Lukes name is Armstrong, and people know that name, and when he goes to school I dont want them to say, Oh yeah, your dads the big fake, the doper. That would just kill me. his second autobiography, Every Second Counts, in 2003.
I came out of a life-threatening disease. I was on my death bed. You think Im going to come back into a sport and say, OK, OK doctor, give me everything youve got; I just want to go fast? No way! I would never do that. public forum, Aspen, 2007.
How many times do I have to say it? ... Well, if it cant be any clearer than Ive never taken drugs. videotaped testimony in lawsuit, 2005.
Im sorry you dont 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.
Everybody wants to know: What am I on? What am I on? Im on my bike, busting my ass six hours a day. commercial for Nike in 2001.
Were sick and tired of these allegations, and were going to do everything we can to fight them. Theyre absolutely untrue. news conference, 2004.
They say, This is a new guy in the Tour. It cant be. He must be doped. Its unfortunate. TV interview on the way to winning his first Tour in 1999.
You are not worth the chair that youre 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.
At the end of the day, I have nothing to hide. Associated Press interview, 2009.
I have never doped. on Larry King Live, 2005.