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Oprah Talks About Interview of Lance Armstrong

7:56 AM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
Lance Armstrong taped an interview Monday with Oprah Winfrey in which he apologized for deceiving about his use of performance-enhancing drugs in pursuit of cycling championships. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
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Rachel Shuster, USA TODAY

Oprah Winfrey, after taping an interview Monday with disgraced U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong, said on CBS This Morning on Tuesday she got so much from her 2 1/2 hours that she will present it in two shows -- because he was ready to talk.

"All these people wondering if he goes there and answers things ... I think you will come away, too, that he brought it. He really did," Winfrey told CBS.

In a few clips shown briefly at the top of CBS This Morning at 7 a.m. ET, Armstrong looked nervous, and the interview was described as emotional. The two sat simply in chairs, facing one another, glasses of water with straws sitting on a small table for each. As Armstrong enters the interview area, Winfrey gets up to greet him.

CBS promoted the appearance of Winfrey, wearing a bright lime-colored dress Tuesday, as saying Armstrong "confessed" to using performance-enhancing drugs through his celebrated cycling career, including for his seven Tour de France titles that he has been stripped of earning.

Winfrey told CBS she got to ask most of her "112" questions. "I would say he did not come clean in the manner I expected. It was surprising to me ... for myself, my team, all of us in the room. We were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers," Winfrey said.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) is aware of the Winfrey interview and said "if these reports are true" that Armstrong confessed, "We would strongly urge Lance Armstrong to testify to the independent commission established to investigate the allegations made against the UCI" in the recent U.S. Anti-Doping Agency decision on the cyclist and his former United States Postal Service team.

The UCI's independent panel looked into claims the sport federation covered up suspicious samples from Armstrong, accepted financial donations from him and helped him avoid detection in doping tests.

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