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Lance Armstrong admits to doping in interview with Oprah

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 14 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 15 2013 05:29:23 PM CST

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In his 2004 Tour victory, Armstrong won a personal-best five individual stages, plus the team time trial. He became the first biker since Gino Bartali in 1948 to win three consecutive mountain stages; 15, 16 and 17.

After years of denial, Lance Armstrong has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs.

The admission came during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which is set to air this week.

People at the South Mountain Cycle shop in Emmaus, Lehigh Co., said they've been watching Armstrong since he was 18.

"Followed his career for a long time, moving up through the ranks, winning the triple crown here in Pennsylvania," said Mark Bowman, co-owner of South Mountain Cycle.

As the years went on, some said there was little doubt Armstrong was using performance enhancing drugs. Others said the reality of the announcement is just hitting them.

"You want to believe what the man is saying, just that simple," said cyclist Andy Taus. "You base a man on his word."

Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs in the interview taped with Winfrey on Monday.

"He has to live with what he did," added Taus. "Just like anybody else in any kind of pro sport, if they are on something, they have to live with what they are doing to their body."

People inside the shop said Armstrong admitting he cheated will hurt the world of cycling for awhile, but more are interested to see what it will do for his charitable work.

Some said more people are interested in the Armstrong story because of what he has done for Livestrong.

"Unfortunately being associated with Armstrong, I think it hurts their fundraising ability in the future," said Bowman.

"As far as I'm concerned, he's done a lot more than any other athlete in the world," added Taus.

People said they will be watching the Armstrong interview and that it will be interesting to see what, if any, legal repercussions the announcement will have on the former seven-time Tour de France winner.