The professional cyclist agreed to an interview with Oprah where he would address the allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs, and now it has been revealed that he confesses his drug use — dating back to the mid-1990s!
After years of battling — and denying — doping allegations throughout his professional cycling career, Lance Armstrong is opening up to Oprah Winfrey to reveal that he did use performance-enhancing drugs starting in the mid-1990s, which led to his seven Tour de France titles being stripped.
In the interview for Oprah’s Next Chapter, Lance reveals that he started using performance-enhancing drugs starting in the mid-1990s — before he was diagnosed with cancer — to get ahead in his cycling career, a source told USA Today sports.
In the days following his interview with Oprah, which was taped on Jan. 14 and will air on Jan. 17, Lance is expected to discuss his doping use with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a “full debrief.” Lance is expected to “answer every question, give over records, telephone calls, test results, everything,” the source told USA Today.
Lance Armstrong Issues Tearful Apology To Livestrong Staff
USA Today reports that Lance’s apology was “emotional for him and the staff.” About 100 employees were present for his heartfelt apology at the company headquarters in Austin, Texas.
Livestrong spokesperson, Katherine McLane, told the newspaper, it was a “very sincere and heartfelt apology to the staff.”
Lance Armstrong Steps Down From Livestrong
On October 17, 2012, Lance issued a statement when he resigned from Livestrong:
“This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart. Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship. As my cancer treatment was drawing to an end, I created a foundation to serve people affected by cancer. It has been a great privilege to help grow it from a dream into an organization that today has served 2.5 million people and helped spur a cultural shift in how the world views cancer survivors.”
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