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The disgraced cyclist will open his heart on Oprah this week, in a must-see television moment. But seeking redemption after a public fall from grace is a complicated task. Just ask Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods

There are no free rides out of paradise. As a disgraced sporting legend, Lance Armstrong, who may or may not come clean to Oprah Winfrey on American television this week, could be forgiven for thinking he has trespassed in the garden of Eden, or perhaps gone sunbathing on the rock usually occupied by Prometheus.

In the runup to his "no holds barred" interview on the aptly named Own (Oprah Winfrey Network), Armstrong faces a daunting charge sheet. In many sporting minds, he is a) widely perceived as a liar, a cheat, a bully and a fraud; b) deserves to be eviscerated by the pitiless eagle of public opinion; and c) must be banished to »

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