Local cyclists say they're not surprised by Armstrong's confession


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 11:25 PM

AUSTIN -- Chilly temperatures kept many Austin cyclists inside Monday night, however, the few who braved the chill told KVUE they're not surprised about Lance Armstrong's reported confession to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance enhancing drugs.

"I didn't think too much of it. You know it was in the past. It's hard to stir up past thoughts about old competitions," said Daniel Phan, a cyclist riding near the UT campus.

"I mean I kind of knew it was going to happen soon enough. I mean with all of the allegations coming out against him. So it's good I guess he did finally," said Kyle Dunning, another cyclist riding near UT.

Sources with the Associated Press said Armstrong had a two-and-a-half hour interview with Winfrey in Austin Monday afternoon, an interview where Armstrong reportedly confessed to using performance enhancing drugs just to win the Tour De France, a feat he accomplished a record-breaking seven times.

"I think he might want to lay low after a little bit. With this much publicity it's kind of hard to be back in the limelight," Phan said.

Winfrey's interview with Armstrong airs Thursday night.

Officials offered to reduce Armstrong's lifetime ban if he came forward.



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