In January 2013 the world famous road racer Lance Armstrong shocked the world when in an interview with Oprah Winfrey he finally confessed publicly to having used performance enhancing drugs for a large portion of his hugely successful career, it put an end to a decade of constant speculation about his drug use and subsequent denials by Armstrong (see: Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive). He made the decision confess his past drug use in order to avoid criminal charges from a federal investigation into his drug use.
Armstrong would later participate in other interviews about the scandal including this one with the BBC, Lance Armstrong: The Big Interview (2015), in which sports editor Dan Roan interviews Armstrong in Texas about his drug use, his remorse and his hopes for the future. For a background into the scandal consider first watching the 2012 National Geographic documentary Cycling’s Biggest Fraud: Lance Armstrong. In 2013 Armstrong was given a lifetime ban from competitive cycling.
If you want to learn more about the circumstances surrounding Armstrong’s downfall then consider reading the bestselling book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, written by Juliet Macur who was one of the few media members to be granted one-on-one to Armstrong as his drug use was exposed. It is available to purchase in paperback, hardback and kindle formats.