The Sunday Times of London took out an ad in the Chicago Tribune that included 10 questions they want Oprah Winfrey to ask Lance Armstrong. The embattled cyclist admitted to performance-enhancing drug use in an interview with Oprah on Monday.
In an effort to catch Oprah Winfrey's attention, The Sunday Times of London took out a large ad in the Chicago Tribune's Sunday edition listing 10 questions they want her to ask Lance Armstrong.
Titled "An open letter to Oprah Winfrey," the ad was written by Times' chief sports writer, David Walsh, who spent the last 13 years investigating allegations that Armstrong had taken performance-enhancing drugs.
Walsh’s questions included:
— "Did you tell doctors at the Indiana University Hospital on Oct 27, 1996 that you had taken EPO, human growth hormone, cortisone, steroids and testosterone?"
— "Did you have any sympathy for those rivals determined to race clean?"
— "After returning from cancer how did you justify putting banned drugs in your body?"
— "Did you sue The Sunday Times to shut us up?"
The Sunday Times, whose logo is displayed prominently in the ad, says in the ad that the newspaper is seeking to recover about $1.5 million from Armstrong after he sued the paper for defamation in 2004. The Sunday Times claims Armstrong used Britain's draconian libel laws against it.
Winfrey interviewed Armstrong in Austin, Texas, on Monday, after he apologized to his staff at the Livestrong Foundation. Armstrong did not confess to doping to his staff. Media reports indicate that Armstrong might confess to during his interview with Winfrey.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life after the U.S. Anti-Doping Authority released evidence that he had led the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." Armstrong has denied doping allegations for years, but admitted to his PED use in an interview with Oprah on Monday.