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Losing sponsors cost me $75 million says Armstrong

The Oprah Winfrey Network said Armstrong did not receive a fee for the interview and was not offered one. But he admitted to losing $75 million dollars when his sponsors departed. "I've lost all future income," he said.

"I don't like thinking about it, but that was a 75 million-dollar day. Gone. And probably never coming back." Armstrong denied claims he attempted to make a payment to United States Anti-Doping Authority (USADA).

He said: "I had no knowledge of that, but I've asked around. I think the claim was 250,000 dollars. That's a lot of money. I would know. That is not true."

Armstrong saw his mother and knew she was a 'wreck'

When asked how his mother was handling the situation Lance Armstrong said he did not realise how badly she was handling the situation until he saw her.

He said of his mother: "She's a wreck. She is not the type of person who would call me up and say that.

"But my stepfather called me up and said 'your mom is having a really hard time'. I saw my mom, and I thought, 'Oh this woman is a wreck'. It took seeing her to really understand that this has taken a toll on her life."

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Lance Armstrong recalls impact of doping scandal on family

Lance Armstrong became visibly emotional for the first time in the interview with Oprah when he talked about the moment he had to tell his 13-years-old son Luke not to defend him at school.

He said: "I told Luke, don't defend me any more. Don't.

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"He's been remarkably calm and mature about this. I said if anybody says anything to you, they are going to see this, some kids or something. Do not defend me. Just say 'hey, my dad said he was sorry'. He said okay.

"He just said look, I love you. You are my dad. This won't change that."

Armstrong close to tears as he speaks about his son

Lance Armstrong was close to tears when he spoke about his having to tell his son not to defend him.

He said: "When this all really started I saw my son defending me and saying 'what you are saying about my dad is not true'. And almost goes to this question of why now.

"That's when I knew I had to tell him. And he had never asked me, he had never said 'dad is this true?' He trusted me.

"At that time I didn't say something, but I knew I had to."

Armstrong says he doesn't 'deserve' competitive 'death sentence'

Frankly - this may not be the most popular answer - but I think I deserve it [to be able to compete again], maybe not right now. But if you look at the situation, you look at the culture, and the sport, and you see the punishments. Okay you are trading my story for a sixth month suspension? That's what everybody got. So I got a death penalty (can never compete again). I am not saying that is unfair necessarily, but I am saying it is different.

– Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong: 'Do I want to compete again - hell yes'

When asked about whether he was doing the interview with Oprah so that he would be able to race again, Lance Armstrong replied 'hell yes'.

Do I want to compete again. The answer is 'hell yes. I am a competitor. It's what I have done my whole life. I love to train, I love to race, I love to tow the line. I don't expect it to happen. Not the Tour de France, but there are a lot of other things that I could do, but I can't. With this penalty, with this punishment - and I made my bed - but if there was ever window, would I like to run the Chicago marathon when I am 50? I would love to do that, and I can't.

– Lance Armstrong

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Armstrong: Leaving Livestrong the most 'humbling moment'

Lance Armstrong has said that severing all ties with his Livestrong Foundation was his most humbling moment.

That was the most humbling moment. To get that call - two parts. One: step as chairman, but stay on the board - stay involved. [But] that wasn't enough for the people, for our supporters. Then a couple of weeks later the next call came - 'we need you to step aside'. It was the best thing for the organisation, but it hurt like hell. That was the lowest.

– Lance Armstrong

Oprah's Armstrong exclusive watched by 3.2 million Americans

The second part of Lance Armstrong's interview will be aired in the small hours of tomorrow.

Oprah Winfrey's exclusive interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong was watched by some 3.2 million Americans, the second highest audience for her struggling channel OWN, the U.S cable channel said.

OWN said the most-watched telecast in its history was Winfrey's interview with the family of the late Whitney Houston in March 2012 that drew 3.5 million viewers.

Chat show queen Winfrey quit her daytime TV show in 2011 to launch the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a joint venture with Discovery Communications.

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