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Report: Former Cyclist Armstrong to Speak About Doping

Armstrong is set to be interviewed on Monday at his home in Austin, Texas Armstrong is set to be interviewed on Monday at his home in Austin, Texas

January 14, 2013 – A recently published report says that former cyclist Lance Armstrong will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. The interview will be taped on Monday and he will admit to doping during his cycling career that saw him win seven consecutive Tour de France competitions.

A person with knowledge of what is taking place said that Armstrong, who has been stripped of his seven titles from the Tour de France, would acknowledge he doped, but will not go into any details about any specific cases.

The person who has given the details to a major newspaper would only speak on the promise of anonymity because the person has no authorization to speak to anyone publically about the situation.

Armstrong is set to be interviewed on Monday at his home in Austin, Texas and the interview will air on Thursday on Winfrey’s Oprah Winfrey Network.

The Texas native, who is 41, has denied for years any use of performance enhancers, but was stripped recently of his titles and banned from any professional cycling for his life.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, in October, made a large amount of material available that showed Armstrong used performance enhancers along with blood transfusions to gain an advantage over other riders.

In the report, were 11 statements, each from former teammates on the US Postal Team who had testified against Armstrong.

The report by the leading newspaper said that Armstrong’s anticipated admission will carry a risk of him be sued and also held liable by individuals or parties who feel he has defrauded them over the years he has steadfastly denied any doping.

Armstrong, under oath, testified in 2005 that he had never doped, but no perjury charges would likely be filed due to the statute of limitations, the newspaper reported.

One reason he may be willing to come clean is to help his charity that fights cancer maintain its reputation and to possibly shorten the ban on his competing in cycling events.

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