The disgraced cyclist will open his heart on the talk show this week. But why is seeking redemption after a public fall from grace such a delicate task?

This article titled “Lance Armstrong, human weakness, and the subtle art of public confession” was written by Robert McCrum, for The Observer on Saturday 12th January 2013 12.54 UTC

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.

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