The Straits Times
Published on Jan 15, 2013

Lance Armstrong apologises to staff of cancer foundation


AUSTIN, Texas (AFP) - Fallen cycling hero Lance Armstrong personally apologised on Monday to staff members of the Livestrong cancer charity ahead of his much anticipated interview with talk show diva Oprah Winfrey.

"Lance came to the Livestrong Foundation's headquarters today for a private conversation with our staff and offered a sincere and heartfelt apology for the stress they've endured because of him," Livestrong spokesman Rae Bazzarre told AFP.

She added that Armstrong - a cancer survivor who founded the charity in 1997 - urged Livestrong staffers "to keep up their great work fighting for people affected by cancer." Journalists staked out Armstrong's home in Austin earlier on Monday ahead of his interview with Winfrey, during which the disgraced cyclist is reportedly planning to admit to doping.

For years he has repeatedly denied taking performance enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France and other big cycling events.