Tomorrow marks the 100th edition of the Tour de France and Lance Armstrong — despite being stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles — still believes he's the race's greatest contender.
According to the French newspaper Le Monde, Lance Armstrong said he still considers himself the record-holder of tour victories despite being stripped of his titles this year after admitting to doping allegations.
In the interview, Armstrong said that it was "impossible to win [the Tour de France] without doping. Because the Tour is a test of endurance where oxygen is decisive."
Some believe Armstrong's comments conveyed that doping is necessary to complete the Tour. Armstrong later clarified on Twitter that his statement was referring to the period of time from 1999 to 2005, during which he used performance enhancing drugs:
For the record, there is a significant difference between WAS and IS. Past and present tense.
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) June 28, 2013