Lance Armstrong emotional when recalling talk with son

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“Gone,” he replied, “and probably never coming back.”

So was there a moral to his story?

“I can look at what I did,” he said. “Cheating to win bike races, lying about it, bullying people. Of course, you’re not supposed to do those things. That’s what we teach our children.”

Armstrong paused to compose himself before a final mea culpa.

“I just think it was about the ride and losing myself, getting caught up in that, and doing all those things along the way that enabled that,” he said. “The ultimate crime is, uh, is the betrayal of those people that supported me and believed in me.

“They got lied to.”

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AP Sports Writer Jim Vertuno in Austin, Texas, and National Writer Eddie Pells in Denver contributed to this report.

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