Report: Armstrong to admit doping to Oprah
(Sports Network) - Famed cyclist Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career in an interview with Oprah Winfrey scheduled to tape Monday, according to a USA TODAY report.
The interview is scheduled to air Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network, but Armstrong is not expected to go into great detail about specific cases and events, according to the newspaper's report.
According to Winfrey's website on Tuesday, this will be a "no-holds-barred interview" with Armstrong.
Armstrong won the Tour de France, cycling's most famous race, from 1999-2005, but was stripped of all seven titles in October of 2012 following a lengthy investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Armstrong and five other people, including three team doctors and two team officials formerly associated with the United States Postal Service team, were sent a letter by USADA in June, informing them that the agency had evidence they engaged in doping from 1998 to the present.
It accused Armstrong of using, attempting to use or possessing EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids and masking agents and says blood samples from 2009 and '10 show data that is "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions."
The 41-year-old cancer survivor, who adamantly denied doping for years, was issued a lifetime ban from cycling amid USADA's findings, causing him to be dropped by multiple sponsors and forcing him to step down from Livestrong, the cancer-fighting charity he founded.
01/12 02:30:44 ET