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Lance Armstrong says he was singled out because he wasn't nice

Lance Armstrong told Le Monde magazine. (Getty Images) Lance Armstrong reportedly has lost more than $150 million in future earning after admitting to doping. (Getty Images)

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said in an interview with ESPN the Magazine's Joe Lindsey that he feels like he is being singled out because he wasn't the nicest guy in the world.

Armstrong also says his teammates on the United States Postal Team were doping less than his competitors - calling their doping program "conservative" - and that was the reason he felt like they weren't going to be caught.

 "This is a story because I was a bigger a------. Because I was more litigious," Armstrong said. "Because I was more combative. And I've heard from a lot of people who say 'You made all the money, you got all the fame; you deserve this.' And I hear that, and I understand that people think that way. But it's not consistent with what USADA has said." 

Armstrong also said he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because he was aggressive in the way he went after the people who said he was doping. Armstrong was eventually banned from the sport for life and admitted to doping in a television interview last year.

"If we're gonna be honest, then just say 'He's an a------. We had to go after him. He tested positive for being the biggest a------ in the world.' Fair. I can live with that," Armstrong said. "To say that he cheated his competitors? Ask them! Ask my competitors."

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