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Lance Armstrong opens up about his children's reaction to doping scandal: 'It's a process'

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Emmy Griffiths
Emmy GriffithsTV & Film Editor
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In a revealing interview with Howard Stern, Lance Armstrong has opened up about how his children reacted to the revelation that he had been taking performance enhancements throughout a portion of his career – leading to him being stripped of his eight Tour De France titles and receiving a lifetime ban from any sport that follows the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

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Lance spoke about his children

The athlete, who admitted to the scandal in an interview with Oprah in 2013, told Howard: "That's not a one-time conversation. The older kids were old enough to kind of live it with me and there was that conversation and there was therapy. There was work. It's a process… The younger ones are growing into it. My seven and six year old were alive, but they didn't watch Oprah. Now they're old enough where some kids in school can [ask questions]." However, Lance confirmed that he was in a "great place" with his five children. He continued to speak about the scandal, and how his own relationship with cycling was deeply affected. "I hated cycling because of what my life has looked like for the last four or five years," he admitted. "Just like with any kind of breakup, there are hard feelings."

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The 45-year-old also opened up about his former fiancée Sheryl Crow, revealing that there were no hard feelings following their separation. "It was a good ride. She's a great lady," he said. "Obviously it didn't work out, but I think and I hope she's happy. I'm happy. It's tough to pull it off. I mean, how many couples have been able to pull it off? To her credit, she was a stay-at-home—one of the biggest rock stars—she was a great partner. She was at the races…it wasn't like we never saw each other."