Armstrong comments on doping were not as expected -Oprah Winfrey

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Lance Armstrong “did not come clean in the way I expected” on whether he used performance-enhancing drugs in his cycling career, celebrated talk show host Oprah Winfrey said today, a day after a lengthy interview with the disgraced athlete.

Armstrong, 41, has always vehemently denied using the drugs and had never tested positive to a doping test. But the evidence against him has been overwhelming and pressure has been building on him to admit that he cheated.

USA Today reported on Monday that Armstrong had confessed to the doping in the interview with Winfrey, which will air on Thursday and Friday on Winfrey’s OWN Network, and other media say they have confirmed the report.

In an appearance on CBS’ “This Morning” show on Tuesday, Winfrey stopped short of confirming a confession and said she would leave to others to decide if Armstrong had been contrite in the interview. She added that she found him to be thoughtful and serious.

When asked why Armstrong, who had his seven Tour de France titles stripped last year, had agreed to an interview that lasted more than two hours, Winfrey said: “I think he was just ready.”

“I didn’t get all the questions asked, but I think the most important questions and the answers that people around the world have been waiting to hear were answered,” Winfrey told CBS.

A cancer survivor who went on to become the greatest cyclist the world has seen, Armstrong’s fall from grace has been as swift and spectacular as his rise through the French Alps.

Long dogged by accusations he cheated his way to the top, an October report from the U.S. anti-doping body USADA ultimately triggered his rapid slide.

USADA exposed Armstrong as a liar and a cheat, describing him as the ringmaster of the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” involving anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, blood transfusions and other doping.

Comments  

Eastman continues winning ways

On the back of recent sublime form, Hamza Eastman continued his victorious ways yesterday.

By ,

Nobrega powers to victory in 50-mile road race

In an extraordinary display of speed and stamina, Team Alanis’ Paul DeNobrega took the spoils of the 5th annual CARICOM 50-mile road race with a wire-to-wire win yesterday at West Demerara.

By ,

Anthony double winner at Cheddi Jagan memorial cycle road race

Top cyclist Michael Anthony was a double winner yesterday as the first stage of the 17th annual three-stage memorial cycle road race in memory of former Guyana president Dr Cheddi Jagan concluded in West Demerara.

Guyana’s best in action in today’s R&R 40mile road race

The cream of the nation’s wheelsmen will once again turn the roadways of West Demerara into their battleground today when Hassan Mohamed continues his cycling calendar.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×