After years of denying using dope and having blood transfusion to win seven Tour de France races, Lance Armstrong may finally admit the truth in a scheduled interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday. The interview will then be aired Thursday night of the same week.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year and was banned from engaging in cycling events after a U.S. Anti-Doping agency filed a detailed report alleging him of using steroids, a range of performance-enhancing drugs and blood boosters to manipulate the result of the events he took part in.
When asked about his upcoming interview with Oprah, Armstrong said: “I’m calm, I’m at ease and ready to speak candidly,” and added, “I told her [Winfrey] to go wherever she wants and I’ll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That’s all I can say.”
According to an insider, Armstrong will not go into detail about the allegations stated in the thousand page USADA report but he will make a general confession and apologize for deeds done in the past.
Armstrong’s decision to come out in the open may have something to do with the loss of endorsement contracts with Livestrong, Nike and Bud.
The world-renowned cyclist is now being sued by London-based Sunday Times to recover the $500,000 it paid him to hammer out a libel lawsuit. The Dallas-based SCA Promotions may also follow suit to get back the arbitration panel given him as a bonus for winning the Tour de France races.