Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has said it would have been impossible for him to win the Tour de France without the help of performance enhancing drugs.
The American, who was stripped of his seven tour titles, says he hopes it is possible for todays riders to win without doping.
Riders have reacted furiously to the comments on the eve of the 100th Tour de France. They are angry about the suspicion they feel they are under due to previous generations actions.
Tour director Christian Prudhomme said it was time for those who had tarnished cycling’s image to move on, calling it a “cursed period”. He also thinks Armstrong may be trying to clear his name – that there was “nothing else to do”.
The three week tour starts in Corsica on Saturday. Last year’s winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins will not be participating due to injury.