Lance Armstrong will admit to doping in his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, multiple sources are reporting.
Armstrong, who has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought forth a case in October that included evidence of cheating, has agreed to a “no-holds-barred” interview with Winfrey, who will broadcast the event Thursday on her Oprah Winfrey Network as well as streaming at oprah.com.
Associated Press and USA Today have cited sources stating that Armstrong will offer an apology and admit to doping in the interview, although the AP report source said it would be a “limited confession,” which would be huge by any stretch of the imagination since he has vehemently denied cheating in the wake of all accusations over the years, including those of the USADA.
The Austin, Texas, native was once considered the greatest cyclist of all time and became a national hero after beating cancer at the start of his budding sports career.
The International Cycling Union has banned him from competition and he stepped down as head of Livestrong, the charity he began to help cancer patients and their families battle the disease.
Armstrong released a statement to AP but did not say he would confess. “I told [Winfrey] to go wherever she wants and I’ll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That’s all I can say.”