Lance Armstrong To Confess On Oprah?

09/01/2013 08:13 | Updated 09 January 2013

Lance Armstrong could finally confess to his doping history in cycling when he is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey next week.

The American was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the sport's governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), after the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) concluded the he and his US Postal Service team had run "the most sophisticated, professionalism and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

It will be Armstrong's first interview since he was banned for life by the UCI.

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Ready to confess?

The Oprah Winfrey Network said in a statement: "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."

The interview will take place on 17 January and is scheduled to last for 90 minutes.

Last week the New York Times claimed Armstrong was close to finally confessing now that his reputation is in ruins.

Armstrong's major sponsors, among them Nike and Oakley, deserted him last year in light of the findings and the Livestrong charity he helped establish dropped Armstrong's name.

In The Secret Race, Armstrong's former Postal teammate Tyler Hamilton comprehensively charted Armstrong's doping and the team's blood transfusions.

The Sunday Times journalist David Walsh, whose Seven Deadly Sins book is the fourth he has written on Armstrong, told HuffPost UK Sport last month the disgraced cyclist will have had to consider legal costs before a full-blown confession.

Armstrong has remained silent since the sanction with the exception of his Twitter activity. Armstrong removed mention of his seven Tour wins on his profile last year.

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Armstrong altered his bio

When asked whether the 41-year-old was set to belatedly come clean, Armstrong's lawyer Tim Herman, told the New York Times: "Lance has to speak for himself on that."

Winfrey has previously indulged Olympic doper Marion Jones.

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