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Local cyclists not angry with Lance Armstrong


Cycling is quickly becoming one of the biggest sports in the River City and athletes are reacting to Lance Armstrong's confession of using performance enhancing drugs.

Surprisingly many of them said they weren't angry with him, but it confirmed the hunch of some local cyclists.

"I kind of felt all along that he had been doing that," said Bryan Carpenter, a cyclist for four years.

"I'm happy that he actually came out and just said the truth," added Steven Harrell, another cyclist who also works at Conte's Bicycle & Fitness in Henrico.

Store owner, Charles Conte, called the confession a tragedy for the sport. He's followed Armstrong's career long before the world knew his name.

"It has a profound effect on our sport," he said. "The way people look at cycling, they've always looked at in a real pure way, now it has been entangled with an enormous amount of issues, and problems and it really devaluates our sport quite a bit."

Conte thinks this is just the beginning of the athlete's problems. It's the career path, he believes a younger generation will not follow.

"I think that people do not want to go through the problems that he's going through because it's always better to do it the right way," he said.

Other cyclists believe this lesson in cheating is something Armstrong should continue to talk about.

"Now that he's admitted to his problem that he now speak to the younger generation about it," said Harrell.

And while racing is pretty much over for Armstrong many local cyclists say the sport will keep pedaling forward. Big events like the UCI World Road Racing Championships in 2015 will be a good promotion for the sport and for Richmond.

"There [are] still purists out there," Carpenter said.

Cyclists say they will be watching the second half of that interview on Friday. It airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network at 9 p.m.

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