Armstrong says he would race clean nowadays

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Posted: Jan 26, 2015 12:18 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong says he would not have needed to resort to doping in the sport's current era and what happened 10 years ago should be seen in the context of the times.

"If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to," the Texan told the BBC in an interview on Monday.

"If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again."

A cancer survivor and once a hero to millions, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and banned for life from racing in 2012 by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after it accused him in a report of engineering one of the most sophisticated doping schemes in sports.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Mark Meadows)