Austin cyclists react to Lance Armstrong's expected confession

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on January 12, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 5:06 PM

AUSTIN -- USA Today says that Lance Armstrong will admit to doping in an interview with Oprah, set to take place at his house in Austin on Monday.

Armstrong has adamantly denied doping over the past several years. But after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released lots of evidence showing otherwise late last year, he has lost his sponsors and it even forced him to break ties with Livestrong, the fund-raising organization he founded to fight cancer.

Many Austin cyclists say his admission might be be a smart business move and could get him riding again.

"It allows him to race again, that's the deal I think they were kind of talking about is that he might be allowed to race if he discloses how he was able to pass the test and everything," says cyclist Andrew Kile.

"Better late than never. I mean, it's bad that he did it to start with but at least he'll come clean so to speak," cyclist Teresa Moczygenva says.

"Now that he's been dropped from the cycling world I don't think it will hurt him. I believe that this will soften it up and his admission, if he does admit it, will bring him back to the cycling world," explains rider Rick Noble.

The expected confession may be limited and wouldn't completely remove his ban from the sport. However, there is a chance his cooperation would reduce the number of years he is banned from competing.

Oprah's interview with Armstrong will air on her network this Thursday.

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