Lance Armstrong has granted an interview to Oprah Winfrey, his first since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling in the wake of a report detailing accusations of use of performance enhancing drugs by the athlete.
Described on Winfrey’s website as a “no-holds-barred interview,” the piece will feature Armstrong from his home in Austin, Texas, and is scheduled to air on the Oprah Winfrey Network show “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, as well as live at Oprah.com.
“Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career,” the website said.
This could be nothing new. Armstrong has strongly denied such allegations for years. However, a New York Times report Friday cited anonymous sources saying that the cyclist is considering confessing to the use of performance enhancers.
Armstrong lawyer Tim Herman told the Associated Press he had no knowledge of Armstrong considering a confession, saying that “when, and if, Lance has something to say, there won’t be any secret about it.”
Well, there are few things less secretive than an interview with Oprah. Could be worth tuning in.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.