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
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)

(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.

View 1 more image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Armstrong Admits Doping is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 94 comments
Jan 16, 2013 7:53 PM CST
I really never cared about cycling, Lance, or the Tour de France, but I am embarrassed again by the behavior or our fellow Americans. Hey buddy you know what would have been less embarrassing, second place! Time for Americans to put a stop to disgracing our good name, have some pride in your country.
Jan 16, 2013 7:59 AM CST
He's a disgrace to his sport, as are all cheaters. As long as Americans glorify this kind of behavior we will continue to see it. So unfortunate.
Jan 16, 2013 6:01 AM CST
Lance armstrong won the AMERICAN WAY by cheating and lying and manipulation, I wish people would be more pissed off with george bush and the dick chaney for lying us (the american people) and manipulating other country into a war that is still ungoing without consequence, now everyone want to burn this guy at the stake, The reason why gas is so expensive is because a few people on wall street in conjuction with politicians lies and manipulate the stock market, I saw 47% percent of the electorate went out and voted for two people that came out and lied to them every day. those are the things that people should be pissed about, he did what america thought him and did it well. GIVE THE GUY A BREAK and welcome to america, these united states.