AUSTIN, Texas — Out for a Sunday morning jog in bright sunshine, Lance Armstrong hardly looked like a man about to finally confront the doping scandal that has shadowed his storied career like an angry storm cloud.
“I’m calm, I’m at ease and ready to speak candidly,” Armstrong told The Associated Press, referring to his interview today with Oprah Winfrey.
In what’s been billed as a “no-holds barred” session, the cyclist is expected to reverse course after a decade of denials and apologize for doping, as well as offer a limited confession about his role at the head of a long-running scheme to dominate the Tour de France with the aid of performance-enhancing drugs.
Armstrong was stripped of all seven tour titles last year in the wake of a voluminous U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that portrayed him as a ruthless competitor, willing to go to any lengths to win the prestigious race.
Yet if any of that was weighing on Armstrong’s mind, he didn’t show it early in the day.
Leaning into a reporter’s car on the shoulder of a busy Austin road, he also seemed unfazed.