Lance Armstrong reportedly admits to using PEDs
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AUSTIN, Tex. (KTHV) -- Over the years Lance Armstrong has vehemently denied any connection with performance enhancing drugs. But now, his story is changing.
Armstrong reportedly conducted an interview this afternoon with Oprah Winfrey.
After the interview, a person close to the situation says Armstrong did confess to using PEDs to win the Tour de France.
These were the first comments since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and dropped by sponsors. But some say the confession may be too late to try to save his reputation.
"It's the right decision for him to make, yes, but it's really late, and a lot of damage has been done that an apology and a confession on Oprah is not going to take back," says Peter Flax with Bicycling Magazine.
The interview will air Thursday night on Oprah's TV network "OWN."
In a meeting with the Livestrong charity, Armstrong apologized for letting the staff down and putting Livestrong at risk. He did not, however, make a direct confession to the Foundation about using banned drugs. He said he would try to restore the Foundation's reputation.
Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour titles last year in the wake of a voluminous U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that portrayed him as a ruthless competitor, willing to go to any lengths to win the prestigious race. USADA chief executive Travis Tygart labeled the doping regimen allegedly carried out by the U.S. Postal Service team that Armstrong once led, "The most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."
After a federal investigation of the cyclist was dropped without charges being brought last year, USADA stepped in with an investigation of its own. The agency deposed 11 former teammates and accused Armstrong of masterminding a complex and brazen drug program that included steroids, blood boosters and a range of other performance-enhancers.