Lance Armstrong apologized to the staff of his Livestrong cancer foundation, the Associated Press reports, and then left for an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Armstrong apologized for putting Livestrong at risk, but did not address whether he had used performance-enhancing drugs during a career in which he seven times won the Tour de France. He was stripped of those titles and banned for life from competition last fall after a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report determined that he had led a sophisticated doping program.
A survivor of testicular cancer, Armstrong had stepped down as head of the charity he had created after the USADA report became public.
Armstrong, who had denied doping for years, is expected to admit that he was involved in doping during the interview with Winfrey, which will air at 9 p.m. Thursday on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on OWN and stream on Oprah.com. The interview is being conducted in Armstrong’s hometown of Austin, where Livestrong is located.