Lance Armstrong: I would do it again

The claim that he would do it again in the same context was one of several surprising statements in a wide-ranging interview with the BBC. In addition to that statement, many of Armstrong's remarks appear to indicate his impatience with his status as a disgraced former athlete.

He said: "If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to.

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

Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour De France victories and banned for life, added: "Listen, of course I want to be out of timeout, what kid doesn't?"

He added: "Well, my actions and reactions, and the way I treated certain scenarios, were way out of line, so I deserved some punishment. Has it gone too far? Of course I'm going to say yes. But a lot of people will say it hasn't gone far enough."

You can read an abridged transcript of the interview here.