Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his
career in an interview with Oprah Winfrey next week, the
American cyclist's first interview since being stripped of his
seven Tour de France titles, USA Today reports.
But Armstrong, 41, likely will not offer great detail about
specific cases and events, the paper said, citing an
unidentified source with knowledge of the situation.
The interview is scheduled to tape on Monday (local time) at
Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas, and set to air on Thursday
on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Such an admission would mark a major reversal for the famed
cyclist. Armstrong has always vehemently denied using
performance-enhancing drugs and has never been proven to have
But an October report from the US anti-doping body USADA
cited Armstrong's involvement in what it characterized as the
"most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping
programme that sport has ever seen," involving anabolic
steroids, human growth hormone, blood transfusions and other
Less than two weeks later, Armstrong's seven Tour de France
victories were nullified and he was banned from cycling for
life after the International Cycling Union ratified the
USADA's sanctions against him.
The New York Times reported last week that Armstrong was
considering an admission of using banned drugs with the hopes
of persuading anti-doping officials to allow him to resume
competition in athletic events that adhere to the World
Another motivation might be to keep the scandal from hurting
Livestrong, the cancer-support charity he founded in 1997,
USA Today said on Saturday. Armstrong, a survivor of
testicular cancer, stepped down as a board member in
Armstrong's planned admission, however, carries the risk of
getting him sued or held reliable by those who believe he
defrauded them by lying about his use of drugs, the paper