In a reaction which may shock many commentators Armstrong showed little emotion throughout the interview including when he told the chat show host that he did not feel bad about taking performance enhancing drugs at the time.
He told Oprah Winfrey that it was "scary" that he felt that way and also admitted that he did not feel like he was cheating. He said: "I didn't feel that way, I viewed it as a level playing field."
Lance Armstrong cannot expect to be redeemed after his brief TV confession. Names must be named.
Tyler Hamilton, a former team-mate of Lance Armstrong who implicated him in the doping scandal, has told ITV News, "I'm proud of him".
The self-flagellation makes for gripping television but it does not really amount to much in the long run.