Lance Armstrong will talk to Oprah Winfrey about the accusation that he doped during his professional riding career in what is being billed as an “exclusive no-holds-barred” live interview on Thursday, January 17.

A pre-show statement said that during the interview with the veteran presenter “Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career.”

Armstrong has steadfastly refused to talk to the media about the conclusion made by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that Armstrong was part of organised doping at the US Postal Service cycling team during his seven Tour de France victories from 1999 to 2005.

USADA stripped Armstrong of the Tour wins, a move that was later upheld by the sport’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). USADA also banned Armstrong from competing in any professional sporting event for life.

Subsequent to USADA’s report, Armstrong removed himself from the board of his cancer charity Livestrong and lost all personal sponsorship deals with Oakley, Nike and Trek.

Last Friday, the New York Times reported that Armstrong was on the verge of a doping admission and that he had been in talks with USADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency to allow him to compete if he presents an admission.

Will Armstrong use the Oprah Winfrey Show as a platform to make a full and open admission to doping during his riding career?

The interview will be shown on US station the Oprah Winfrey Network on Thursday, January 17 at 9-10:30pm (US ET/PT time) and simultaneously be broadcast live on www.oprah.com.

The interview will be broadcast in Britian on Discovery (Sky channel 520 or Virgin 212) on Friday January 18 at 2am and 8pm.

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  • BG

    I wish he would just crawl under a stone and stay there.
    He is a disgrace to cycling and sport in general. The Oprah interview is a nothing but a sick joke.

  • Woody

    Calm down Hugh!

  • Samuel G

    this is irrelevant. its just a tv show for goodness sake. if there is a legal case of fraud and perjury to answer (and surely there must be by now) then it is a matter for state prosecutors to make a case that he should be tried under oath. oprah is just entertainment, it is absurd to expect anything resembling the unvarnished truth to come from it.

  • barry

    1 Armstrong and his team will write the script for both LA and Wimprey..
    2He will not admit doping, he just needs to ge tthe USprople to start supporting Livestrong..
    3 Wimprey need the publicity as her TV channel is failing big time..
    4 Remember he lied through his teeth to a Court in the USA so this will be walk in the park
    5 He wants to return to TRiathlons so needs to get the ban lifted

    will still be watching it !!!!

  • HUGHANDERSON

    WHY SHOULDNT LANCE HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS THE REST OF OUR SO CALLED REFORMERS.THE RULES ARE THE RULES.WHEN WE WELCOME THE WHISTLE BLOWERS BACK INTO THE PELETON THIS YEAR,SORRY THE DOPERS,THEN OF COURSE THEY ARE NOT ARMSTRONG.
    I AM BEGINNING TO HAVE THOUGHTS OF 1966 AGAIN,THAT GREAT YEAR OF FOOTBALL WHEN BRITS RULED THE WORLD.MABEY 2012 WILL GO DOWN THE SAME ROAD AGAIN.
    AFTER ALL LANCE HAS NEVER BEEN CAUGHT WITH ANYTHING,NOT EVEN A PARKING TICKET,BUT THEN AGAIN I WAS NOT AT THE TOURS UNLIKE ALOT OF THE SO CALLED PRO CYCLISTS ON THE SITE,SO WHAT DO I KNOW.
    CANT WAIT FOR THE NEW SEASON.

  • Ken Evans

    That’s show business folks !

  • Francis G

    I agree with N. I, too, really wish he would just go away. Winfrey won’t ask him any of the hard questions. Whatever she says, he’ll probably still deny being a cheat and try to make out that he was, instead, a victim. And all of it’s very sad. To think that, ten years ago, he was revered throughout the world of cycling and yet, all the time, he was twisting the system to suit his own ends. He lost me when, at the end of his last Tour, he tried to swing it so that he and his team could ride into Paris in his Livestrong kit, at the expense of showing his trade sponsor’s logo. I knew then that, as N says, Lance is in it only for Lance. Winfrey should never have agreed to have him on her show. But I guess that’s America. Thankfully, we don’t have to watch it, although I bet a lot of us will!

  • paul robinson

    It would be very interesting if he was under oath! But this will just be another opportunity for Lance to brain wash people watching the show!
    Put Bradley Wiggins on instead he deserves the attention!

  • Mike

    One thing you can be sure of, he will lap up all the publicity. His personality dissorder craves attention. The sooner he admits to his problems the sooner he can get the much needed professional help.

  • Alex

    Let’s hope he gives his appearance fee to the Livestrong foundation.

  • N

    I really wish he would go away, I also feel that now that he has been banned he shouldn’t be offered any sort of deal… he had the chance to come clean before, he had the chance to fight in the courts for his innocence, he did neither, no going back…

    Lance is only in it for Lance, he’s proved how he will do anything to further his personal gains not get lost!

  • JD

    It could just be another denial session in which case we are back to square one.

    Personally, I can’t see the man with a thousand mile stare bursting into tears and asking for forgiveness.