Reaction: Lance Armstrong might come clean to Oprah


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Lance Armstrong will break his silence over allegations of drug doping after it's been announced he is to speak to Oprah Winfrey next week, in a 'no-holds-barred' interview.

The American was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the sport's governing body 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, professionalism and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

It's big news for fans, who will see whether Armstrong will admit to using drugs. Asked whether the 41-year-old was set to come clean about his drug-taking past Armstrong's lawyer, Tim Herman, told the New York Times: "Lance has to speak for himself on that."

The New York Times last week revealed that Armstrong was considering admitting to doping so he could move on with his athletic career.

Responses are mixed to the news, with many calling for honesty on the subject.

Our own cycling enthusiast Simon Usborne tweeted:

"He'll need to admit to having been a lying cheating bully and apologise to redeem himself MT Oprah: lancearmstrong

Others are wondering if Oprah might be too easy on the cyclist:

"Or Paxman. RT DietmarHamann: Lance Armstrong should be put in front of Jeremy Kyle or piersmorgan not molly cuddled by Oprah"

Other shock interviews Oprah's treated us to over the years include:

- Following her six month stint in jail in 2008 for cheque fraud and lying about her drug use, former American sprinter Marion Jones told Oprah "she had never knowingly taken" performance-enhancing drugs before the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

- Singer Rihanna sat down with Oprah last year and broke down in tears about her relationship with Chris Brown, who assaulted her after the grammys in 2009.

- Tom Cruise so overwhelmed with love for Katie Holmes that he jumped on Oprah's sofa in 2005. then manhandles her back to appear on camera as she runs away from "Katie" chants.