15 Jan 2013

Armstrong finally confesses to drug taking - US reports

5:54 pm on 15 January 2013

The disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong has finally confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, US media is reporting.

Although American media had widely speculated that Armstrong would admit to cheating in the interview, neither Winfrey nor Armstrong is confirming the reports.

The report did not say which drugs Armstrong admitted to using.

Armstrong, who has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, has always denied using performance-enhancing drugs and never tested positive.

There have also been reports Armstrong's indicated he may be willing to testify against others involved in illegal doping and is in talks about repaying part of the taxpayer money he earned during his career.

The unconfirmed reports about his admissions followed Armstrong's apology to the staff of the cancer foundation he had started over difficulties they may have experienced because of the doping controversy.