But you’re Lance Armstrong, Winfrey said.
"I know, but hindsight is 20/20," he said. "I didn’t know what I had."
People "have every right to feel betrayed," he added. "It’s my fault. I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back their trust."
Posted at 6:51 PST
As his Thursday night interview with Oprah Winfrey continued, Armstrong said Vande Velde’s statement in the massive U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that led to Armstrong's being stripped of his titles and banned from competition was "not true."
"There was a level of expectation; we expected guys to be fit, strong and perform," he said. "I know I’m not the most believable guy in the world right now, but I didn’t do that."
Yet, pressed by Winfrey about his own use as the team leader, Armstrong said he "accepted" how Vande Velde could interpret it that way.
Was he a bully?
"Yeah, yeah, I was a bully.... In the sense that I tried to control the narrative, and if I didn’t like what somebody said … I tried to control that and say that’s a lie."He said he learned growing up, "I will do everything I can to survive. I took it all into cycling, win at all costs. I wasn’t a bully" before cycling.
He said he became one to "perpetuate the story and hide the truth … winning was important."
Armstrong somewhat defended his now-banned doctor Michele Ferrari, stopping short of calling the chemical expert the "mastermind" or "leader" of the doping program. Armstrong did agree it was reckless to unite with Ferrari.
“There are people in this story who are not evil. I viewed Michele Ferrari as a smart man, and I still do.”
He viewed a videotape of him previously saying Ferrari was free of any doping guilt and told Winfrey he thought badly of himself.
“That’s an arrogant person,” he said of himself.
Posted at 6:35 PST
In his Thursday night interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong said, "Overcoming the disease, winning the Tour, the happy marriage. It was mythic, the perfect story. It wasn’t true. I’m a flawed character....
"Behind the story is the momentum” of it.
"I lost myself in all of that. I was one who controlled every outcome of my life," he added.