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Elizabeth Quinn

Armstrong Finally Admits to Doping

By January 15, 2013

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According to this update from the New York Times, Lance Armstrong has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. The confession occurred during Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey. Apparently, Armstrong also said he will testify against officials from the International Cycling Union who knew about the doping.

Armstrong is serving a lifetime ban from the International Cycling Union as well as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. This is his first interview  since he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last October.

Oprah's interview with Armstrong is scheduled to air on Winfrey's OWN network.  The special 90-minute episode will air Thursday, January 17, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide on Oprah.com.

Will you be watching the interview? Share your thoughts in the comments.

January 18, 2013 at 6:38 am
(1) John Fischer says:

I am still confused over the use of PED’s in cycling and in general. Clearly Lance broke the rules of cycling. He says he did so to “level the playing field.” In reality that may have been correct. I’ve always felt that to ride the Tour de France you have to be taking PED’s. Otherwise you’d never get through it. Regardless of that, I hear people saying that what Lance did was illegal. My question is how? If a team doctor prescribed/obtained the drugs and administered them as some believe happened, I don’t see where this is illegal. It was against the rules and may have been a poor decision for his long-term health, but does anyone know the legal situation here? I also understand that the US gov’t may go after Lance for perjury which is a different issue.

January 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm
(2) sportsmedicine says:

This press release from USADA covers the big points. Here is the Reasoned Decision by USADA.

And the recent 60 Minutes Interview does a good job of explaining it all.

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