An insider close to Lance Armstrong reveals the cyclist admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Armstrong’s interview with the talk show queen will be broadcast on Thursday on the OWN network.
Lance Armstrong’s interview was reportedly very “emotional” and came after he issued an apology to the Livestrong Foundation.
Armstrong stopped at the Livestrong Foundation, which he founded, on his way to the interview and apologized to staff members.
The insider said he was sorry for letting everyone down and vowed to restore the foundations reputation. He urged the group to continue fighting for the charity’s mission of helping cancer patients and their families.
Oprah Winfrey and her crew filmed the interview at Armstrong’s home.
Armstrong had media parked outside his home, but managed to take a run outside. During his job, he told the AP, “I’m calm, I’m at ease and ready to speak candidly.”
After the interview, Winfrey tweeted: “Just wrapped with (at)lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours. He came READY!”
Armstrong was stripped of the four Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005 following the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report.
Oprah called the chat with Lance “the biggest interview I’ve ever done,” adding, “I would say he didn’t come clean in the manner I expected.”
She said she “was satisfied” and “riveted by some of his answers” to her 112 prepared questions.
The interview was around 90 minutes, admitting during a break Armstrong asked her, “Will there be a point where you lighten up?”
Winfrey adds that the disgraced athlete was “truthful, serious [and] certainly had prepared himself for this moment.”
She adds that Armstrong felt it was the right time after mounting pressure the past few weeks.
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