When Lance Armstrong sits down with Oprah Winfrey on her couch to tape an interview Monday, the television host is expected to get a bombshell admission from the cyclist at his Austin, Texas home.
Armstrong, who was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, plans to admit to doping throughout his career, according to a report in USA Today, after steadfastly denying the allegations for years and lashing out at his accusers.
It will be his first interview since he was stripped of his titles after an in-depth report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accused him of doping while leading the U.S. Postal Service cycling team.
However, it is unlikely Armstrong will go into details of the alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs and blood doping during the 90-minute interview, a source told USA Today.
The show will be televised Thursday, Jan. 17 on the Oprah Winfrey Network's "Oprah's Next Chapter" and streamed live on Oprah.com at 9 p.m. ET.
The network released this statement:
"Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career"
The purpose of the admission would be to talk anti-doping officials into restoring his eligibility in his athletic pursuits — including triathlon and cycling events — in which the shamed Armstrong has been banned.
The 41-year-old Armstrong lost most of his sponsors and resigned from the board of his cancer-fighting Livestrong Foundation after the 1,000 page report was released last October.
Earlier this week, Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, denied Armstrong would admit to the doping allegations.