After a decade of denial, Lance Armstrong has finally come clean: He used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.
The disgraced cyclist made the confession to Oprah Winfrey during an interview taped Monday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey’s network.
The admission Monday came hours after an emotional apology by Armstrong to the Livestrong charity that he founded and took global on the strength of his celebrity as a cancer survivor who came back to win one of sport’s most grueling events.
A source told ABC News that Armstrong is also talking to cycling authorities about naming names of others involved in illegal doping in hopes of reducing his lifetime ban.
The confession to Winfrey was a stunning reversal, after years of public statements, interviews and court battles in which he denied doping and zealously protected his reputation.
Winfrey tweeted afterward, “Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2½ hours. He came READY!” She was scheduled to appear on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday to discuss the interview.
Even before the taping session with Winfrey began around 2 p.m. ET, Armstrong’s apology suggested he would carry through on promises over the weekend to answer her questions “directly, honestly and candidly.”
Read more: Espn.com
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