Oprah Winfrey (R) speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career, Jan. 14, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Getty Images)
If Lance Armstrong is hoping for some leniency from anti-doping officials, he will have to do more than sit down for an interview with Oprah.
The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency says Armstrong "didn't name names" in the interview -- and didn't say who supplied him, or which officials may have been involved.
Armstrong has been stripped of all of his Tour de France titles and banned for life. A reduction of the ban, perhaps to eight years, could allow him to compete in triathlons in 2020, when he's 49.
But those in cycling and anti-doping circles believe if he wants to reduce his ban, he will have to turn over everything he knows.
The race director of the Tour de France says, "He couldn't have done it alone." He says he wants to know who else took part.
The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, who will have the biggest say about whether Armstrong can return to competition, says the televised confession is a small step in the right direction. But Travis Tygart says if Armstrong is "sincere" about wanting to "correct his past mistakes," he'll testify under oath about all of the doping activities.
The Associated Press