Lance Armstrong comes clean

The cyclist admitted to doping during competition for the first time ever during an interview with Oprah

By Prachi Gupta
January 18, 2013 6:02PM (UTC)
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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.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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