"Ready for dinner"
Lance Armstrong, who last year lost the titles to his seven Tour de France wins over charges related to taking performance enhancing drugs, finally came clean to Oprah in a no-holds-barred interview after years of denial. Watch some of the highlights from the first part of the interview, below:
Armstrong reveals the range of banned substances for 13 years. He says was not possible to win the Tour de France seven times without the drugs:
When Oprah asks, “Why now admit it?” Armstrong responds, “I don’t know that I have a great answer,” adding, “this is too late.” He explains that having “the perfect story” compelled him to maintain the lie:
Oprah challenges Armstrong to acknowledge the pressure and expectations that his doping placed on his team members. Armstrong admits, “I was a bully” to others:
Armstrong reveals the details of the elaborate doping scheme set up among elite cyclists:
Part 2 of the Oprah interview will air tonight at 9 pm ET on OWN.
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