Armstrong set to break his silence
Lance Armstrong's "moment of truth" will be streamed live over the internet next week when he breaks his silence over damning accusations of his drug doping on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the International Cycling Union (UCI), following a report by the US Anti-Doping Agency which concluded the 41-year-old and his US Postal Service team had run "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".
The Oprah show will be Armstrong's first formal interview since he was banned for life by the UCI with the Oprah Winfrey Network claiming in a statement that "Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career".
The interview will take place at 9pm ET on Thursday, January 17 (0200 GMT on Friday, January 18) and is scheduled to last for 90 minutes.
But British cyclist David Millar fears that Armstrong's appearance on the show will be stage-managed. Millar, a member of the athletes commission for the World Anti-Doping Agency, said the American needs to come clean in a proper arena.
He told the Press Association: "Only Lance would get to have his moment of truth, if that's what it will be, in front of Oprah Winfrey. It is not sitting in front of a judge or a disciplinary hearing being properly questioned about the things he has done wrong. I doubt very much it will be a proper interrogation.
"My biggest concern is that it will be completely stage-managed, that he will just be 'given the ball', and that it will all be about his emotions rather that concentrating on exactly what he did wrong."
Millar himself served a two-year ban after admitting doping in 2004 since when he has become a campaigner against drugs in sport.
A spokeswoman for the Oprah show said Armstrong was not being paid to appear and that Winfrey was free to ask him any question she wanted and the Oprah spokeswoman said in an email: "No payment for the interview. No editorial control, no question is off limits."
The interview will come only several hours after the full details are announced of the 2014 Tour de France's 'Grand Depart' in Yorkshire.