Lance Armstrong reportedly admits to doping charges

By Nicholas Filipas

Lance Armstrong’s reputation of being a hero to thousands of admirers might have taken a hit that he will never recover from, as the retired professional road racing cyclist — who had won seven Tour de France titles over a course spanning from 1999 to 2005 — has reportedly admitted to doping in a recent interview with Orpah Winfrey, set to air this Thursday.

Armstrong, who had spent the last few years swearing that he had won his titles without any performance-enhancing drugs, is coming out with the truth after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)charged Armstrong with having used performance-enhancing drugs during events last summer. The USADA then sentenced Armstrong to a lifetime ban from competition late last summer, keeping Armstrong away from any major cycling events and stripping him of all his titles won since August of 1999 with his first Tour de France victory.

Following soon after, Armstrong was forced to drop out of his Livestrong foundation as chairman due to the continuing allegations. According to ESPN, Armstrong came clean in front of his staff and made an apology that led some staff members to cry early Monday morning.

This interview with Winfrey is Armstrong’s first public response since the ban brought by the USADA, according to ESPN, and in a sent text message to the AP earlier this weekend, Armstrong wrote “I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I’ll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That’s all I can say.”

The interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air on the OWN Network on Thursday Jan. 17.

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