The now-banned professional cyclist Lance Armstrong has taken up an opportunity to explain the controversy surrounding him, as the former 7-time Tour De France winner filmed an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey that will be streamed live worldwide as the 41-year-old’s first TV interview since the scandal emerged last year and his titles were retrospectively lost.
The interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter (on the presenter’s OWN network), will see Armstrong discuss allegations against him of performance-enhancing drugs, doping, and cheating (which he has so far been found of guilty of and subsequently suspended and stripped of his titles).
Taking interview footage filmed from Armstrong’s home in Austin (USA), the special will be broadcast on the Thursday 17 January episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN at 9pm ET. In addition, global viewers will have the opportunity to watch with the interview being streamed live on Oprah’s official website.
The controversy late last year saw Armstrong, who for years denied any doping in his cycling career, was investigated following an ‘extensive report’ from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and subsequently punished with a lifetime ban from the sport (by regulators UCI) and voluntarily stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong charity foundation. While he continues to press his view that it has all been a misunderstanding, will Lance Armstrong be able to regain any public support when he speaks to one of America’s best-known interviewers?