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Armstrong to address on doping row

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will talk about the doping scandal that dramatically brought down his cycling career during an interview with Oprah Winfrey next week. The famed talk show host said that a 90-minute special show would address ‘years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs’ throughout Armstrong's ‘storied cycling career.’

The interview will be Armstrong's first since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year and will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network. It will also be streamed live on her website, a publicity statement said.

Last week New York Times reported that Armstrong, 41, was considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs, in an apparent bid to return to competitive sport in marathons and triathlons.

In the interview, Winfrey will speak with Armstrong at his home in Austin, Texas. The announcement came on the same day that 60 Minutes said USADA  chief executive Travis Tygart told them in an interview to be aired Wednesday that Armstrong attempted to donate around $250,000 to the agency.

Tygart said he was bowled over by the ‘totally inappropriate’ donation offer from one of Armstrong's representatives in 2004, which he immediately refused.

Armstrong's lawyer, Tim Herman told USA Today that there was never a donation attempt from the cyclist. ‘No truth to that story. First Lance heard of it was today. He never made any such contribution or suggestion,’ Herman said.
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