Lance Armstrong is sitting down with Oprah Winfrey next week in what is being called his first “no-holds-barred” interview since the seven-time Tour de France winner was stripped of his titles and dropped from millions of dollars in endorsement deals for the doping accusations laid upon him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Armstrong, perhaps the world’s most renowned cyclist, nearly died of testicular cancer only to recover and go on to win seven Tour de France titles – but the doping charges allege these were won while he was under the influence of illegal performance enhancing drugs. Is Armstrong ready to come clean?
The interview announcement, which was made in a press release yesterday on Oprah’s website, comes in the wake of reports this week that Armstrong was ready and looking for a forum to come clean about the allegations. Up until now, Armstrong has very adamantly denied all the doping charges laid against him that have led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. On Friday, the New York Times reported (from anonymous sources) that Armstrong has been considering admitting to the use of PEDS (performance-enhancing drugs) but Armstrong’s attorney Tim Herman says he has no knowledge of any such consideration or confession.
The 90-minute special, filmed at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas, will air on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on Thursday, January 17th on OWN. You can also catch it live streamed on Oprah.com.