Lance Armstrong grants only interview to Oprah, rumor has it he’s going to publicly admit to doping.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong has agreed to sit down to an interview with Oprah Winfrey, and sources say he might publicly admit to doping.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, after it was revealed by the US Anti-Doping Agency that the cyclist had been doping for years.
Winfrey’s OWN network said the 90-minute interview would address “years of accusations of cheating”.
Armstrong has maintained his innocence as he received a life ban from Usada.
But the New York Times reported on Friday that the 41-year-old was considering a public admission that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs. An admission could lead to an apparent bid to return to competing in marathons and triathlons, the paper reported.
The interview announcement was first made on Oprah Winfrey’s Twitter account on Tuesday, and confirmed when Armstrong retweeted it 15 minutes later.
The interview – his first since being stripped of his wins – will be broadcast on 17 January on Winfrey’s OWN network and live-streamed online.
Armstrong ended his fight against doping charges in August 2012. In October, Usada released a 1,000-page report saying he had been at the heart of “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme” ever seen in sport.
He was stripped of his titles by the International Cycling Union (UCI) shortly afterwards and given a lifetime ban from the sport.
This is a big deal for Oprah. I haven’t tuned into her channel once since she left her daytime talk show. This interview, I’m DEFINITELY tuning in for. I can’t wait to hear what Lance has to say for himself. I don’t think he’s going to fess up to doping, but I am interested to see what he does admit to.