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Could Lance Armstrong be ready to admit to using performance enhancing drugs to Oprah Winfrey? That will be the speculation until Armstrong’s interview with Winfrey airs on her OWN network later this month.
The network announced that Armstrong sat down with Winfrey for a “no-holds-barred” exclusive interview, which will air during Oprah’s Next Chapter on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. This will be the first time that the former cyclist has sat down for an interview since he was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles following the U.S. Anti-Doping agency’s detailed report on the doping ring he allegedly ran on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team.
Armstrong has also stepped down from his Livestrong foundation as chairman and said that he would no longer fight the USADA’s claims.
The announcement comes just days after the New York Times reported that Armstrong is considering admitting to doping, citing anonymous sources. However, Armstrong’s lawyer Tim Herman said that he wasn’t aware of any plans to do so.
Meanwhile, The AP reports that CBS’ 60 Minutes Sports will air an interview with USADA chief executive Travis Tygart, who claims that a rep for Armstrong offered the organization a “donation” in 2004, years before they began their investigation. Herman insisted to the AP that the story is not true.
The interview with Tygart airs on Showtime tonight.