Armstrong apologizes to Livestrong staff before Oprah interview

Banned former world champion apologizes to foundation staff ahead of his interview with Oprah Winfrey

AUSTIN, Texas (AFP) — Fallen cycling hero Lance Armstrong personally apologized Monday to staff members of the Livestrong cancer charity ahead of an 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 spokeswoman Rae Bazzarre told AFP.

She added that Armstrong — a cancer survivor who co-founded the charity in 1997 — urged Livestrong staffers “to keep up their great work fighting for people affected by cancer.”

Armstrong resigned his chair and board positions with Livestrong and the charity — formerly known as the Lance Armstrong Foundation — dropped his name after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency published its 1,000-page dossier outlining a wide-reaching doping conspiracy centered on the Texan in October.