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Lance Armstrong To Speak On Drug Scandal
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will discuss the drug scandal that wrecked his career in a "no-holds-barred" interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The programme will be aired on Thursday, January 17.
The announcement comes just days after it was reported that Armstrong was ready to admit the charges against him.
The New York Times cited anonymous sources as saying the 41-year-old was considering a confession so he could return to competing in triathlons and running events.
His lawyer Tim Herman said he had no knowledge of any possible confession, and added: "When, and if, Lance has something to say, there won't be any secret about it."
And those wanting to hear Armstrong's side of the story will not have long to wait.
The interview, the first since he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, will be held at his home in Austin, Texas.
A statement on Oprah Winfrey's website said the discussion will cover "the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs".
Armstrong won the Tour de France from 1999-2005 after recovering from testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain.
He has steadfastly denied doping charges but his career has crumbled anyway after a report by the USADA detailed allegations of widespread drug use by Armstrong and his US Postal Service teammates.
Armstrong has lost most of his corporate sponsors and stepped down from the board of his cancer-fighting charity Livestrong.