“She’s one of those people I have to apologize to,” Armstrong said. “She got run over, got bullied. We sued so many people. I have reached out to her to make amends.”
Winfrey asked Armstrong why he has sued people when he knew they were telling the truth.
“It’s a major flaw,” he said. “A guy who wanted to control every outcome. To never forgive me, I understand that. I have started that process to speak to those people directly.”
Armstrong said he has similarly reached out to Betsy Andreu, who said she and her former husband Frankie, a former Armstrong teammate, heard Armstrong admit to using testosterone in a 1996 hospital room.
Armstrong would not answer if the Andreus were telling the truth.
“I’m not going to take that one on,” he said. “I’m going to put that one down.”
Asked if his relationship with the Andreus is good, Armstrong said strongly, “No. They’ve been hurt too badly. A 40-minute conversation is not enough.”
You called her crazy, Winfrey said.
“I did,” he said.
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Later in the taped interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong was shown a clip after his record seventh Tour de France win, in which he said, "To the cynics and skeptics, I’m sorry you can’t dream big and believe in miracles. You should believe in these people, and hard work wins it."
Armstrong told Winfrey, "I’ve made some mistakes in my career and that was a mistake. That sounds ridiculous. I’m embarrassed."
He said cycling meant, "We’re going to pump up the tires, fill up our water bottles, oh, and there’s that too."
Did it feel wrong? Winfrey asked.
"No … scary," Armstrong said.
"No, even scarier."
View it as cheating?
"The definition of cheating is to gain an advantage on a foe," Armstrong said. "I viewed it as a level playing field."