For years Lance Armstrong cheated. For years Lance Armstrong lied. But the first time he came clean was in an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast on Thursday night. In the first of his two-part interview the disgraced cycling legend told Oprah that he was indeed involved in a sophisticated doping program where he had multiple blood transfusions in addition to using a “cocktail” of drugs, including testosterone, cortisone, human growth hormone and the blood booster EPO.
Armstrong, who was recently asked to return his bronze medal from the Olympics, was also stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency raised accusations against him last October. This morning two-time U.S. professional cycling champion, cycling coach and analyst John Eustice weighs in on the first 90-minute interview and what we can expect to learn from the second installment set to be broadcast on Friday night.
Eustice comments on Armstrong’s responses and attitude during the first part of the interview with Oprah. According to Eustice’s knowledge of Armstrong, he will never express “weepy, I’m sorry emotion,” because he’s naturally a “tough, hard guy.” “For Lance, that was pretty good,” he says about how Armstrong came across to viewers. “But I think he made his best efforts to put the truth out there.”
Eustice considers this interview Armstrong’s coming to terms with his life after the fallout. “He tried to explain and admitted his own doping. He tried to explain the doping culture of, not only cycling, but I’d like to say for, professional sports. And I think it’s not what everybody wants, but it’s was a very, very good, and a fairly brave first step for him.”
(CNN) - After years of tenacious spin that he was innocent, Lance Armstrong has backpedaled in a confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey. He admitted unequivocally to using performance enhancing drugs in his seven Tour de France wins.
But his critics say he is still spinning the story.
Armstrong has, in the past, persistently and angrily denied the allegations - even under oath.
Did he use the blood enhancing hormone EPO? Testosterone? Cortisone? Human growth hormone? Illegal blood transfusions and other blood doping? Armstrong answered "yes" on all counts in the first installment of a two-part interview that aired Thursday night. Part two airs Friday on Winfrey's OWN channel and online.
The disgraced cyclist, who has been stripped of his Tour de France titles and an Olympic bronze medal, blamed no one but himself for his doping decisions, careful not to implicate others.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's George Howell breaks down the highlights from Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah.
Livestrong board member and Daily Beast Contributor Mark McKinnon weighs in on reports of Lance Armstrong's doping admission in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
"It's been devastating," McKinnon tells John Berman on "Early Start." "The whole thing has been. But I'm glad that Lance is coming forward. The thing that I'm most concerned about of course is the foundation and the work that we've done over the years for cancer survivors and for people living with and through cancer. But I'm encouraged by what I'm seeing so far which is that people are sticking with the foundation."
"We wanted the foundation to live beyond one person...to live on its own and not be contingent on one person," McKinnon says.
Berman asks if McKinnon feels betrayed by Armstrong.
"Yes, I do," McKinnon says. "He's got a lot of apologies...he's got to crawl over a lot of broken glass, and drag the sack cloth. But the one thing they can't take away from him is his cancer survivorship. That story gives great hope to millions of people like my wife who lived through it. So there's a lot of work he can continue to do there."
(CNN) - The court of public opinion weighed in decidedly against Lance Armstrong after he reportedly admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to push his cycling career into high gear.
ABC News, the New York Times and USA Today, citing unnamed sources, reported Monday night that the former cyclist finally admitted to using steroids during an interview he and Winfrey taped in Armstrong's hometown of Austin, Texas.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on the latest in Armstrong's admission.
Organizers of the Nice Ironman competition suspended Lance Armstrong over new doping charges.