Defiant no more, after months of silence on the topic, disgraced professional cyclist Lance Armstrong will for the first time admit to his usage of performance-enhancing drugs. In an upcoming television interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong will address the allegations made against him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and fellow cyclists. Back in October 2012, the USADA issued a 1,000-page report detailing Armstrong’s doping activities that occurred over the course of a decade. In it, the agency stated that Armstrong participated in “the most sophisticated doping program in recent sports history,” and added Armstrong not only doped himself but acted as a supplier and enabler to his teammates, all so he could win titles. Even as long-time sponsors such as Trek, Nike and Oakley dropped him, Armstrong continued to claim the accusations were part of a “private witch hunt” against him because of his successes. Even more allegations have surfaced recently, however. As a headline story for 60 Minutes of Sports, the sports-oriented spin-off of 60 Minutes, USADA’s CEO, Travis Tygart, made mention of past attempts by Armstrong to give his agency a monetary gift of $250,000, a blatant conflict of interest.
All reports ahead of the interview point to a “partial” admittance by Armstrong to drug-taking during his reign as the most successful cyclist in modern times (Armstrong held seven Tour de France titles). Taping for the segment will take place today at Armstrong’s home in Austin. The exclusive will be broadcast on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network this Thursday evening at 9pm EST. It will also be broadcast simultaneously online on Oprah.com and Facebook.com/OWNTV.