AUSTIN – It was less of a surprise and more of a confirmation for Austin cyclists Wednesday when a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report showed overwhelming evidence that Lance Armstrong not only took performance enhancing drugs but also pressured his teammates to do the same.
“We all have our little demons. We all have our skeletons in the closet,” said Kelly Orr, an Austin cyclist working at Austinbikes.
The 202 page report by the U.S.A.D.A. said the agency spoke to 26 people including 11 of Armstrong's former teammates. The agency said it also has financial receipts, e-mails, witnesses, scientific data and lab tests results all of which left no doubt that Armstrong cheated during the Tour De France.
“Not really surprised. I think the writing has been on the wall for a while as far as doping and the sport," said Sol Frost, owner of Austinbikes. "Anybody that's into sport or anyone into competitive sports, there's always someone trying to get the upper advantage,”.
At the Livestrong Foundation, the group founded by Armstrong 15 years ago to help cancer survivors, the mood was subdued but positive.
“We want the attention to be on survivors in the Austin area and throughout the U.S. who might have a financial impediment to getting treatment. The mission that Lance gave us at the foundation was not to be distracted, to keep our eye on the ball, to keep serving the survivors who turn to us for help and that's exactly what we're going to do,” said Katherine McLane, a spokesperson for Livestrong.
This summer, Armstrong said he was dropping his lawsuit against the agency saying he was growing weary of the fight.
Armstrong has appearances scheduled in Austin this weekend and next.