Lance Armstrong comes clean with Oprah



Posted on January 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 11:33 PM

AUSTIN -- In an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong admitted to doping. Thousands of people in Austin and around the world watched as he admitted openly for the first time that he lied.

"This story was so perfect for so long," Lance Armstrong told Winfrey during the interview. "I view this situation as one big lie I repeated many times."

In the two-and-a-half-hour interview with Winfrey, taped Monday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Armstrong revealed he had doped for all seven of his Tour de France victories.

"You all were injecting EPO in a tent and fans would be outside and you all would be dumping the syringes on coke cans, is that true?" Winfrey asked. 

"I don't necessarily remember that but I'm not going to say that's a lie, that's not true," said Armstrong.

Armstrong insisted he did not require doping on his team and says when he got back into cycling three years ago, he was clean.

Winfrey asked the big question every is asking, "Why now?"

"I don't know if I have a great answer. I will start with this is too late, this is too late for probably most people. That's my fault," Armstrong replied.

Winfrey asked him about the people he threatened to sue when they would accuse him of doping.

"I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people for the rest of my life," said Armstrong.

Part two of Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lance Armstrong airs Friday. We'll have coverage on KVUE News Nightbeat.