Report: Lance Armstrong Admits Taking Performance-Enhancing Drugs

According to reports, the Tour de France winner and Livestrong icon broke down in tears during taping of Oprah Winfrey's show, which is scheduled to air Thursday.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has confessed to having used controlled substances to Oprah Winfrey, says a person who has seen the show. The revelations, carried by news agency Associated Press, say that Armstrong used his interview with the iconic TV star, due to be broadcast this Thursday, to admit that he took drugs while taking part in the Tour de France. During the two-and-a-half hour session, which Winfrey tweeted about, the founder of the Livestrong charity apparently wept. He is also said to be preparing to testify against the cycling officials who knew about his doping and, in some cases, enabled it.

Before the taping of the show on Monday, at the sports star's Austin home, Armstrong stopped off at the offices of the foundation which he created in 1997, whose CEO is Doug Ulman, and said sorry to the team of workers, some of whom were in tears. The seven-time victor was stripped of his titles last year, and dropped by Nike.

So how much did he really reveal? On Tuesday, Winfrey told CBS that the cyclist "did not come clean in manner [she] expected."

"It was surprising to me. I would say that for myself, my team, all of us in the room, we were mesmerized by some of his answers ... " she said.

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  • Mike NavMail

    And this changes the world in what way of any consequence?  Haven't seen the video, don't really care to watch it, most of what's out there is conjecture about what he ACTUALLY said as it comes from "a person" rather than an actual name and a face to go with it.

    That said, Clinton lying to congress was more important this this as Clinton was the President at the time he lied, Armstrong's just a bicycle rider.

  • LikeTheUsualSuspects

    I read all of his books a decade ago and kept doubting up until now. People who cheat their way to the top most likely embellish much more than normal, so I can't help but wonder how many of those vivid, tear-jerking moments were Lance Armstrong playing make believe.