In his first interview since he admitted to doping during his seven-year reign at the Tour de France, Armstrong also backed a truth and reconciliation commission as the way to move forward in the fight against doping.
The American claimed that every generation before him sought to get advantages by legal and illegal means and he merely carried on the tradition.
"My generation was no different than any other," Armstrong told Cyclingnews.
"The 'help' has evolved over the years but the fact remains that our sport is damn hard, the Tour was invented as a stunt, and very tough (cyclists) have competed for a century and all looked for advantages.
"From hopping on trains 100 years ago to EPO now. No generation was exempt or 'clean'."