Austin cyclists speak out after Armstrong confession

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 12:21 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin cyclists are still reeling from Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah Thursday night.

The once esteemed "Tour de France" winner admitted to using performance enhancing drugs to boost his career.
 
The fallout continues for Armstrong. In Austin he’s getting mixed support.
 
Friday morning, hours after Armstrong's televised confession, cyclists took to the Veloway in South Austin. Many had braced for an admission. When it came down, it brought to some a sense of closure, but left them wondering about the lasting impact -- not just to Armstrong, but the entire sport of cycling.
 
“It's disappointing for sure. It's not the greatest thing that he did that. It's kind of embarrassing for cycling,” said cyclist Barrett Yeager.  
 
Directors at the Livestrong Foundation, which Armstrong founded after his own battle with cancer, expressed shock as well.
 
"We at the Livestrong Foundation are disappointed by the news that Lance Armstrong misled people during and after his cycling career, including us,” they said in a written statement.
 
Despite the let down, many in Austin are still holding on to the positives.
 
“Even in the wake of our disappointment, we also express our gratitude to lance as a survivor for the drive, devotion and spirit he brought to serving cancer patients and the entire cancer community," added directors at the Livestrong Foundation.
 
Armstrong’s name is still tied to the City of Austin bikeway. The six-mile course runs through downtown Austin. There are currently no plans to rename the Lance Armstrong Bikeway, a move some cyclists support.
 
“I hope people can remember the positives and the light that he brought to cycling instead of this one negative thing about his career,” said cyclist Lauren Schoger.
 
However Armstrong’s confessions may not be over. Part two of his interview with Oprah is schedule to air Friday evening.

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