Cycling Fans Divided Over Armstrong's Confession
Updated: Tuesday, January 15 2013, 07:37 PM EST
Lance Armstrong's bombshell may not affect the opinion of many cycling fans.
In an interview with "Oprah," he's confessed to "doping." Armstrong has already been stripped of his seven Tour De France titles. Some say this is a desperate ploy.
"I think going on Oprah isn't going to help very much," says Cullen Reed of Asheville. "Like aww, someone feel sorry for me!"
"His public perception is about as low as he can get and he's hoping for some sort of redemption," said David Greenbaum of Youngblood Bicycles.
Winfrey is calling this the biggest interview of her career in terms of exposure. Beyond the revealing the interview, there could be more trouble ahead for Armstrong. According to ABC News, the government may file suit against him to recoup the millions spent to sponsor his team.
Many remain conflicted about their view of Armstrong. He's still revered for putting the sport on the map in America, even if he did cheat.
"The sport wasn't even barely acknowledged in the US until he started winning the tour," said Youngblood Haske, owner of Youngblood Bicycles.
The fans we spoke to think those who remain loyal to Armstrong will continue to do so. Those who aren't on his side, they say, will remain skeptical.
"I'm embarassed for him," Reed said. "But at the same time he shouldn't have done what he did."
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