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Armstrong 'Ready to Speak Candidly' to Oprah

Cyclist says he's 'calm' and 'at ease' before interview
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 13, 2013 5:15 PM CST

(Newser) – Lance Armstrong says he is "ready to speak candidly" as he prepares to discuss doping allegations against him in his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong was out for a morning run Sunday when he spoke briefly with the AP. The man who once ruled cycling was wearing a red jersey with black shorts, sunglasses, and a white hat pulled down low over his eyes. He would not divulge what he will tell Winfrey in Monday's interview that is scheduled to air Thursday.

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He said from the side of the road: "I'm calm, I'm at ease and ready to speak candidly. I hope we'll talk for a couple of hours." International TV crews are arriving in the hilly neighborhood in West Austin. A person with knowledge of the situation has told the AP that Armstrong will give a limited confession and apologize. It will be his first public response to a US Anti-Doping Agency report accusing him of using banned drugs to win the Tour de France. In the past, Armstrong has strongly denied doping. (Read more Lance Armstrong stories.)

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