Lance Armstrong admits to doping in interview with Oprah
Updated On: Jan 15 2013 05:29:23 PM CST
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.
Copyright 2013 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Wind hampers efforts to fight 5-alarm fire at motel in Muhlenberg
Driver killed when car hits tree on Route 10 in Berks
Reading police officer charged in theft of money evidence
Man killed when hit by minivan near airport
Man killed, woman seriously injured in motorcycle crash
Feds: Schuylkill County firm attempted to smuggle machinery to Iran
Woman pleads guilty to homicide by vehicle
Life Lessons: 8 foods to buy now
BBQ food truck in danger of being shut down by township
MH370 search: Object not from plane