What time does the Lance Armstrong interview start? - video
Disgraced cyclist is stripped of Olympic medal hours before Oprah interview
THE FIRST part of Lance Armstrong's eagerly awaited interview with Oprah Winfrey airs tonight (early Friday in the UK). It will be shown on Oprah's OWN network in two parts, and the first 90-minute instalment will be broadcast at 9pm Eastern Time (2am Friday, GMT).
British viewers will be able to watch the interview on the Discovery Channel and it will also be streamed live on the website Oprah.com.
The second 90-minute episode will be shown 24-hours later: 9pm on Friday ET in America and 2am on Saturday GMT.
The interview was recorded earlier in the week and there has been fevered speculation about what it contains ever since, although the trailer from OWN (see below) reveals little. Armstrong is not thought to have made a full confession, but it has been reported that he has named members of the International Cycling Union (UCI) who, he claims, were involved in doping.
There have even been calls for cycling to be thrown out of the Olympics on the back of the Armstrong case and today the Texan, who has already lost his seven Tour de France titles, was stripped of the Olympic bronze medal he won in Sydney in 2000.
The IOC took action when it became clear that Armstrong was not appealing against the decision to strip him of the Tour titles.
"We have written to Armstrong asking him to return the medal," an IOC spokesman said. "It was a decision taken in principle at the executive board before Christmas. We were waiting for confirmation from the UCI that he hadn't appealed against his disqualification."