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January 15th, 2013
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WSJ's Reed Albergotti on why Lance Armstrong is admitting to doping

For a decade Lance Armstrong has vehemently denied cheating while winning a record seven Tours de France. On Tuesday, Oprah Winfrey confirmed media reports that say Armstrong acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs to advance his cycling career during their taped interview. During the interview which was taped Monday night in Armstrong's hometown of Austin, Texas, the former cyclist was described as emotional at times.

After CBS and other media outlets reported that Armstrong admitted using banned substances, Winfrey said her team and Armstrong's camp had agreed not to leak details of the interview but agreed to talk because "it's already been confirmed." The interview will air over two nights, beginning at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Winfrey has promised a "no-holds-barred" interview, with no conditions and no payment made to Armstrong.

Sources are telling CNN that Armstrong is also considering paying back some of the money he received from the U.S. Postal Service during the six years it sponsored his team. Reed Albergotti is a legal reporter for the Wall Street Journal. This morning he joins “Starting Point” to discuss his article focusing on Armstrong's decision to talk now.

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