Lance Armstrong confessed to drug use during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that was taped earlier this week. The interview took place just a couple of hours after a heart-felt apology to staff at the Livestrong charity he founded and has now been forced to surrender, according to the latest online sports news.
Winfrey interviewed Armstrong for at least 2½ hours. She stated the 41 year-old cyclist was “forthcoming” as she asked him in detail about doping allegations that followed him throughout his seven Tour de France victories.
Winfrey has also said she does not know why Armstrong decided now was the time to talk. The interview was to be broadcast later on this week however Winfrey said it will now run in two parts over two nights because there is so much material.
The Boss won every Tour from 1999 to 2005, but each of those titles was stripped in 2012 as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a 1,000-page report built around the testimony of former teammates. USADA accused the cyclist of creating a long-running and sophisticated doping operation on his teams.
For over 10 years, Armstrong dared anybody who challenged his version of events to prove it. In the end, he told the tale himself after promising over the weekend to answer Winfrey’s questions “directly, honestly and candidly.”
The Texas native strongly denied the charges for years, and fiercely attacked his critics. However, after losing his titles and being abandoned by corporate sponsors, he has gone the other way.
The confession to Winfrey amazed many YouWager fans, after years of public statements, interviews and court battles in which the cyclist denied doping and strongly protected his reputation.
Furthermore, former teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping, has filed a federal lawsuit that accused Armstrong of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service. It’s not clear what Justice Department will decide whether on joining the suit as a plaintiff.
Armstrong is currently discussing with authorities about paying back some of the money paid by the Postal Service for sponsoring his team.
If Armstrong’s confession is the first step to recovery with the ruptures and to restore his reputation is still not clear.
Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 1996 and it soon spread to his lungs and brain. His doctors gave him a 40 percent chance of survival at the time and never expected he’d compete at anything more strenuous than gin rummy. He went on and won the race less than three years later which of course made him hero.