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Winfrey says Armstrong interview 'intense'

  • FILE - In this July 24, 2005, file photo, Lance Armstrong gestures for his seventh straight win in the Tour de France cycling race before the final stage between Corbeil-Essonnes, south of Paris, and the French capital. In 2005, Armstrong was also named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year and ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete. He later announced what would be a temporary retirement from cycling in 2005. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

AUSTIN, Texas — "Emotional" doesn't come close to describing Lance Armstrong's conversation with Oprah Winfrey — an interview that included his confession about using performance-enhancing drugs to win seven Tour de France titles, Winfrey said Tuesday.

She recounted her session with Armstrong on "CBS This Morning" and promoted what has become a two-part special on her OWN network, even while international doping officials said it wouldn't be enough to save the disgraced cyclist's career.

"I don't think 'emotional' begins to describe the intensity or the difficulty he experienced in talking about some of these things," Winfrey said.

Armstrong admitted during the interview at an Austin hotel that he used drugs to help him win the titles.

"It was surprising to me," she said. "I would say that for myself, my team, all of us in the room, we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers."


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