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During his interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday, seven-time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, according to the Associated Press. An AP source stated that the interview was “emotional at times.”
The cyclist also apologized to staff members of Livestrong foundation, which he founded in 1997, ahead of the interview, the AP reported earlier Monday. The cyclist’s 90-minute interview with Winfrey will be broadcast at 9 pm on OWN on Jan. 17.
Armstrong said “I’m sorry” and that he let the Livestrong staff down, the report stated. The AP noted that “he did not make a direct confession to the group about using banned drugs.” Armstrong resigned his title as chairman of the Livestrong foundation — which supports cancer survivors — last October.
Multiple reports over the weekend have suggested that Armstrong is expected to admit to doping during the sit down at his Austin, Texas home with OWN’s Winfrey.
A person familiar with the upcoming interview spoke with USA Today on Saturday and said that Armstrong was expected to admit to doping but “probably will not get into great detail,” the newspaper reported.
Doping allegations have plagued the cyclist for years. Last year, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles after a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report found that he was behind “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”
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