Armstrong Admits Doping

Sources say he will now testify against cycling officials

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 15, 2013 1:16 AM CST | Updated Jan 15, 2013 7:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Lance Armstrong has finally come clean and admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. The cyclist confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview taped yesterday afternoon, sources tell the AP and the New York Times. Insiders say Armstrong is now planning to testify against officials from the International Cycling Union, the sport's worldwide governing body, about their involvement in doping. Before the interview, Armstrong apologized to staff at the Livestrong cancer charity he founded.

The Oprah interview will be broadcast over two nights: Thursday and Friday. Armstrong, who has been stripped of his titles and banned from the sport, firmly denied doping for more than a decade and it's not clear how far the Oprah confession will go toward restoring his reputation. Oprah herself shed some light on what's to come, in a CBS interview about the interview. After tweeting that Armstrong came "READY!" she revealed that "he didn't come clean in the manner I had expected. It was surprising to me." She describes herself as "satisfied" with his answers, and called the interview the biggest of her career in terms of exposure.

In this Aug. 29, 2012, file photo, Lance Armstrong talks to supporters prior to a run on Mont Royal Park in Montreal.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes, File)
This July 23, 2000 photo shows Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong riding down the Champs Elysees with an American flag after the 21st and final stage of the cycling race in Paris, France.   (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)
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